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Expanding the Political Pipeline for Women Candidates

Women make up slightly over half of the U.S. electorate, but their representation in prominent public office falls far short of that. Females hold just over 19 percent of congressional seats (104 out of 535; 20 out of 100 in the Senate, 84 out of 435 in the House). They account for six out of 50 state governors and less than a quarter of all state legislators. Numerical imbalance isn’t the only issue. "We know from research that governments … that are more gender balanced tend to...

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