Women Will Get It Done

A federal judge in Los Angeles on May 1st dismissed demands by the United States women’s soccer team for pay equal to that of the men’s team. A spokeswoman for the women’s players said they will appeal.

“We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women who play this sport will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender,” the spokesperson said. [NBC News 5/1/2020]

The number of women running Fortune 500 companies has hit a new record. Currently there are 37 women leading Fortune 500 companies, an increase from last year’s 33 women which was at the time a record. [Fortune 500 5/19/20]

Women in Elective Office 2019

126 women serve in the U.S. Congress – 23.6%
25 women serve in the Senate – 25%
101 women serve in the House – 23.2%

In 1999 – 12.1% of the U.S. Congress were women
In 2009 – 16.8% of the U.S. Congress were women

91 women serve in Statewide Elective Executive Offices

Women hold 29.3% of the 311 available offices
48 Democrats, 41 Republicans, 2 non-partisans
9 Governors
15 Lt. Governors
7 Attorneys General
12 Secretary of State
11 State Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer
3 State Comptroller
10 State Auditors
24 (Chief educational official, Commissioners of Insurance, Railroad, Labor, Corporation, Public Service, Public Utilities, Lands, and Agriculture)

There has been only modest progress in the number of women holding statewide elective office since 1999 when 27.6% of statewide office holders were women.

2,132 women serve in State Legislatures

Women hold 28.9% of the 7,383 state legislators

Women hold:
25.8% of the 1,972 State Senate Seats
30% of the 5,411 State House Seats

Nevada is the only state with a legislature that has a majority of its members being women – 52.4%

West Virginia is the state with the lowest number of its legislature being women – 13.4%

Since 1999, there has been a 30% increase in the number of women in state legislatures

Among the 100 largest cities in the United States, 27 had women mayors

Among the 284 cities with population of 100,000 or more 20.8% had women mayors

Among the 1,366 mayors of cities with population of 30,000 and above, 22% are women

[Center for American Women and Politics]