Why aren’t there even more women political leaders?

Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post

December 14, 2020

Why aren’t there even more women political leaders?


By Naomi Cahn,

The 2020 election set numerous records with respect to women’s election to federal office:  the first woman – and the first woman of color — has been elected to national office as vice-president, a record number of women were elected to the 117th Congress, a record number of Republican women have been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and a record number of women of color were elected to the House.

Nonetheless, women remain dramatically underrepresented in U.S. elected offices. Even with these current record-setting numbers, women will only hold just over 26% of the seats in the 117th Congress. And that’s much higher than the proportion of women who are leaders of the top 500 S&P companies (6.2%).

Click here to read the full interviews published by Forbes on 6 December 2020.

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