Women have higher voter registration and turnout rates than men, but have much lower representation in elected office.
Although the number of women in the U.S. Congress has increased over time, women will not hold an equal share of seats until 2117, if trends continue at the current rate.
Much can be done to encourage women to take on public leadership roles, including elected offices, and to support them in this work. The 2014 IWPR report, Building Women’s Political Careers: Strenghtening the Pipeline to Higher Office, explores a variety of ways that women candidates and office holders can be supported and advance. IWPR’s Status of Women in the States series presents state-by-state information on women’s political participation and leadership.