Women in Elected Office in the United States

Women make up more than 50% of the U.S. population, and 49% of the workforce, and yet make up a very small percentage of leadership positions in both the public and private sector. We’ll focus on elected office. What is the percentage of elected offices held by women in the United States? Depending on the body of government, the number is somewhere between 10 and 20 percent.

The United States Ranks 70 out of 188 countries for the percentage of women elected to national office.

According to data from Catalyst, women hold just 17.7% of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 20% of seats in the U.S. Senate. There are 6 women governors; 23% of state legislators are women; and women make up about 23% of U.S. mayors.

You can find a nice breakdown of partisan affiliation on this fact sheet from the Center for American Women and Politics.

The Center for American Progress has a nice infographic that lays out the numbers provided below: