Only one state has more women than men in its legislature

There are more than 7,000 state legislators in the United States. Women hold more than 2,000 of those slots; women hold not quite one-in-three seats (28.8%).

But in Nevada, women account for 52.4% of the state legislative positions. Women hold 10 of the 21 seats in the Nevada state Senate and 23 of 42 seats in the state House. There are 27 Democrats and six Republicans.

Ironically, slightly (49.8%) less than half of Nevada’s population is female. Nationally, it’s 50.8%.

The next closest state to Nevada is Colorado with 46.0%. Four of the top five are western states.

  1. Nevada – 52.4%
  2. Colorado – 46.0%
  3. Oregon – 41.1%
  4. Washington – 40.8%
  5. Vermont – 40.0%

The bottom five:

  1. Mississippi – 13.8%
  2. West Virginia – 14.2%
  3. Tennessee – 15.2%
  4. Wyoming – 15.6%
  5. Alabama – 15.7%

 

 

Written by Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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