Posted by Michelle C. Whittaker on June 10, 2016
This year marks the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
In 1919, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin were the first three states to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Check out the #SummerOfSuffrage series that will highlight when states ratified the Amendment and state rankings on the gender parity index. Our Representation2020 project measures gender parity for each state analyzing women's representation at the local, state, and federal level.
The State of Women's Representation 2015-2016 finds that women are underrepresented at the national, state, and local level, and that parity for men and women in elected office is unlikely to occur without structural changes in recruitment, electoral, and legislative rules. View the full report here.
How States Measure Up
The report measures women’s representation in each of the 50 states using a comprehensive Gender Parity Index, which measures progress toward gender parity by scoring women’s representation at the national, state, and local level. A score of 0 would indicate an absence of women in elected office, while a score of 50 would indicate that men and women are equally represented in elected office.
- Michigan ranks 11th with a score of 25.8 out of 100 points.
- Illinois ranks 19th with a score of 19.7 out of 100 points.
- Wisconsin ranks 27th with a score of 17.9 out of 100 points.