Gender Parity

  • 10.01.16

    The State Of Women's Representation On The Eve Of The 2016 Election

    This report from Representation 2020 looks at female representation at the federal, state and local levels of government. "This report finds that women are underrepresented at the national, state, and local level, and that parity for men and women in elected office is unlikely to occur without structural changes i...

    This report from Representation 2020 looks at female representation at the federal, state and local levels of government.

    "This report finds that women are underrepresented at the national, state, and local level, and that parity for men and women in elected office is unlikely to occur without structural changes in recruitment, electoral, and legislative rules"

    It reaches this conclusion through using a "Gender Parity Index" created by Representation 2020 to analyze the representation of women in office, giving more weight to more prominent offices, such as positions in Congress or Governorships. The scale ranges from 0 to 100 where 0 is no representation of women, and 100 is full representation of women. Representation 2020 suggests that states should aim for a score of 50 for equal representation.

    Ultimately, states in the Northeast and West receive better scores than many states in the South that "lags behind." New Hampshire is the state with the most gender parity with a slight over-representation of women in elected office (55 points in the gender parity index) , while Mississippi scores the worst with only 6.4 points. The report states that "Mississippi is the only state that has never elected a woman to the governor’s mansion or to the U.S. Congress."

    Percentage of Women (1)