Women in elected office in US from Rutgers research

For stats on women elected officials in US, State, and local categories see this research report from Rutgers for 2011.

For starters:

Women hold 73 of 435 Seats in the US House of Representatives, which is 16.8%. Women Senators hold 17 seats out of 100 seats in the US Senate.

In 2011 71 women hold statewide elective office in the US. Women hold 22.4% of 317 of these positions.

NOTE: NC is stronger in % of statewide offices held by women, but weaker in legislative seats held.

Only 6 of 50 NC Senate seats (12%) belong to women in North Carolina, but women in the NC Council of State include Sec. of State Elaine Marshall, State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and State Auditor Woods and others.


North Carolina has more working mothers than any other state

and we should have more of them working in the General Assembly - working for fairness and families.

Do you have ideas as to how we can stimulate more women to run for office? I'd love to see hundreds of women in primaries all across the state at every level of government.

I have changed my opinion about this over the past years

When I first became active in the Women's Movement in Charlotte in the 1980s, I thought the task ahead was straightforward: Elect a few women to state-wide offices and to Congress, and they would be role models for other progressive women, who were politically active.

Well, look where we landed on that trajectory: with Congresswomen like Sue Myrick (R), Virginina Foxx (R), and Renee Elmers (R), and one moderately progressive Democrat, Senator Kay Hagan. One pro-choice national office holder to 3 women who are anti-about-everything.

Electing just any woman candidate obviously is not the answer, so we need to address the concerns of young women. The next crop of women candidates need to fulfill the motto of Susan B. Anthony: "Failure is impossible."

To date, we have failed to carry out the mission of electing women who are truly child and family centered, and not just fetus-protection centered. We truly need new ideas from our more enlightened young women and men on this.

Martha Brock