WOMEN & POLITICS FACTS*
Facts are facts, but facts always subject to interpretation. Many think tanks and pundits have asked the question: “Why are women still so underepresented in political office, especially at the highest levels?
- Women hold 87, or 16.3%, of the 535 seats in the 110th US Congress
- Women currently make up 23.5% of state legislatures
- There are nine women governors
- The United States ranks 67th internationally in women’s political representation**
- Women, who make up 52% of the population, are more likely to vote than men
- 67.3 million women reported voting in 2004, 8.8 million more than men
- Approximately 35 million eligible women didn’t vote on election day 2004
*Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
How would you interpret these numbers?
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GLORIA FELDT is the New York Times bestselling author of several books including No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to major news outlets, and the Co-Founder and President of Take The Lead. People has called her “the voice of experience,” and among the many honors she has been given, Vanity Fair called her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers,” and Glamour chose her as a “Woman of the Year.”
As co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a leading women’s leadership nonprofit, her mission is to achieve gender parity by 2025 through innovative training programs, workshops, a groundbreaking 50 Women Can Change The World immersive, online courses, a free weekly newsletter, and events including a monthly Virtual Happy Hour program and a Take The Lead Day symposium that reached over 400,000 women globally in 2017.