Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential campaign made many realize the disproportionate representation of men in U.S. politics. The Nation recently reported these depressing statistics:
- The United States ranks ninety-eighth in the world in the number of women serving in their national legislatures. This puts us behind Kenya, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates.
- Women make up less than 20% of the U.S. Congress, even though they make up more than 50% of the U.S. population.
- Only five of our fifty governors are women. Almost half of our states have never had a female governor.
- Only 12 of our country’s 100 largest cities have female mayors.