Women in Politics: Ten Facts

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

1. Eleven women today serve as Heads of State (Presidents, Prime Ministers), and ten serving as Heads of Government.

2. Rwanda has the most women in parliament, with women holding 62.3% of positions.

3. Research on local Indian governments found that women-led councils had a 62% higher number of drinking water projects.

4. Globally, the percentage of women as national parliamentarians has risen from 11% in 1995 to 24% in 2018 (Growing Every Day)!

5. The most common positions for women ministers includes environment, energy, natural resources, followed by social affairs.

6. The first woman to ever run for the US House of Representatives was Cady Elizabeth Stanton. She ran without the right to vote in 1866 in New York, earning 24 votes.

7. Three out of four women Presidents and Prime Ministers have taken office in the last 20 years.

8. 127 women serve in the United States Congress today, 7 in the cabinet, and 3 serve as Supreme Court Justices.

9. 295 cities across the United States have female mayors, with 9 states led by a woman as Governor.

10. The percentage of women participating in US elections has exceeded men’s participation since 1980 (the first year data was available). In the 2014 elections, female participation rate was more than 2% higher.

All information gathered from UN Women and Center for American Women and Politics

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