According to the Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), in 2017, women held 19.6% of the seats in the United States Congress. At the state level, 24.9% of state legislators are women. In 2017, only six states had women governors and only 19 of the country’s largest 100 cities had women mayors. Check out this graphic in this Time Magazine article for a comparison of how men outnumbered women in 2016 governance.
Given these numbers, it’s pretty clear that there is still nowhere near to equal representation for folks who identify as women in the legislature. Women of color, women with disabilities, non-Christian women, and LGBTQ folks are especially underrepresented in governance. So what can we do about this? On the right side of this page, you’ll see a list of national organizations with which you can connect to learn more and take action. Be sure to also do a search online, including on social media, to identify and partner with organizations working on legislative representation in your state or your community.