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Where Are the Women


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Utilizing research from Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics, The White House Project demonstrates why more women are needed in United States politics. …

Utilizing research from Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics, The White House Project demonstrates why more women are needed in United States politics.

Approximately only 17% of the members of the U.S. government are women.

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  • 1. Where Are The Women?
    Women in United States Politics
  • 2. Women in Leadership:The Facts
    *In US Cities with population over 30,000
    Source CAWP
  • 3. Women
    There are only 6 women governors
    SC - Nikki Haley (R), NM – Susana Martinez (R), OK - Mary Fallin (R), AZ - Jan Brewer (R), NC – Beverly Perdue (D), and WA – Christine Gregoire (D)
  • 4. Women in the House
    Only 16.6% of Representatives are women.
    As of January 2011, there will be 72 women (48D, 24R) seated in the House of Representatives.
    13 new women (4D, 9R) have been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
    • Martha Roby (R), AL
    • 5. Terri Serell (D), AL
    • 6. Karen Bass (D), CA
    • 7. Sandy Adams (R), FL
    • 8. Frederica Wilson (D), FL
    • 9. Colleen Hanabusa (D), HI
    • 10. Vicky Hartzler (R), MO
    • 11. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY)
    • 12. Nan Hayworth (R), NY
    • 13. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)
    • 14. Kristi Noem (R), SD
    • 15. Diane Black (R), TN
    • 16. Jamie Herrera (R), WA
  • U.S. Senate
    • In 2011, only 17 Women will serve in the U.S. Senate
    • 17. A total of 6 women won their races in 2010
    • 18. Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski lost her primary but won as a write-in candidate. She became became the first Senator in more than 50 years to win an election
  • Women Mayors
    Of the 100 largest US cities, there are 7 women mayors.
    • Annise D. Parker, Houston, TX
    • 19. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, MD
    • 20. Ashley Swearengin, Fresno, CA
    • 21. Pam Iorio, Tampa, FL
    • 22. Ann Johnston, Stockton, CA
    • 23. Elaine M. Scruggs, Glendale, AZ
    • 24. Cheryl Cox, Chula Vista, CA
  • MN Sen. Patricia Torres Ray
    Debate Boot Camp, 2009
    State Legislature
    In 2010, 1811 or 23.3% of the 7,382 state legislators in the US are women.
    Women hold 21.1% of state senate seats
    Women hold 24.1% of state house or assembly seats
    Colorado has the highest percentage of women state legislators – 40%. South Carolina has the lowest –9.4%.
    (Top) CO Rep. Christine Scanlan, CO Go Run
    (Right) GA Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, GA Go Run, 2009
  • 25. President Obama’s Cabinet Women
    Secretary of State:
    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of Health and Human Services:
    Kathleen Sebelius
    Secretry of Labor:
    Hilda L. Solis
    Secretary of Homeland Security:
    Janet Napolitano
  • 26. Supreme Court
    There are 3 women serving on the Supreme Court.
    • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    • 27. Sonia Sotomayor
    • 28. Elena Kagan
    In August 2009, Sotomayor became the first Hispanic justice appointed to the Supreme Court.
  • 29. Women of Color
    • Nikki Haley of South Carolina is the first Indian-American woman and Susana Martinez of New Mexico the first Latina to serve as governors.
    • 30. All 4 female Democrats newly elected to the House in 2010 were women of color: 3 African-Americans and 1 Asian-American. Republican, Jaime Herrera, a Latina, was also elected to the House.
    • 31. CA Attorney General is the first CA woman to be elected CA Attorney General but also first Indian American and African American to hold this position.
    • 32. In 2010, Women of Color made of 3.9% of Congress. There are no women of color in the Senate.
  • How does the United States Compare?
    The U.S. is ranked 72nd in the world in women’s political representation.
    The U.S. is behind Sweden, Rwanda, Cuba, and Iraq in women’s political leadership.
    Women only account of 19% of the members of parliaments around the world.
    In Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, women make up 41.6% of parliamentary positions.
  • 33. For more information
    • 34.