The center for American women and politics launches public database of women elected officials

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The center for American women and politics launches public database of women elected officials


The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, is proud to announce the launch of the online CAWP Women Elected Officials Database, a first-of-its-kind tool for exploring and analyzing women’s current and historical representation in the U.S. political system. The CAWP Women Elected Officials Database includes every woman officeholder in U.S. history at the federal, statewide elected executive, and state legislative levels. This tool expands on the officeholder database that CAWP has long kept and shared with researchers, and, crucially, transforms it into a searchable, online format for public access.

The CAWP Women Elected Officials Database contains entries for more than eleven thousand women officeholders dating back to 1893 when the first woman was elected to statewide office. Its features include:

  • Detailed information on women officeholders nationwide, including their officeholding history, party identification, and, when available, information about their race and ethnicity;
  • Searchable data by year(s), position, level of office, state, party, and officeholder race and ethnicity; and
  • Shareable and downloadable search results, with options to save searches for future reference, export data in multiple formats, and generate summary statistics and data visualizations.

By searching this database, you can discover facts like:

  • 65 women served in state legislatures before the 19th Amendment was ratified. 
  • Of the 563 women who have served in statewide elected executive offices in the United States, 51 (9.1%) are women of color.
  • 359 women have served as U.S. Representatives and/or U.S. Senators to date, including 243 Democratic women and 116 Republican women. 
  • The 101 women currently serving as U.S. Representatives represent nearly one-third of all of the women who have ever been U.S. Representatives. 

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