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.
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.
If you have any comments or questions about the report, please email Cynthia Terrell at [email protected] or call (301) 270-4616.
FairVote's project on women's representation at Representation2020.Com