Two states—Vermont and Mississippi—have never sent a woman to Congress.
Currently, 22 out of 100 U.S. senators are women. So are 84 of the 435 U.S. representatives. On top of that, there are six women serving as governor of a state.
The first woman to serve in Congress, Montana’s Jeannette Rankin, was elected in 1916. That was four years before the constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Prior to congressional action, many states granted women the right to vote. In fact, by the time the amendment became law, women were able to vote in about half of all congressional districts.
Politico is running a project during Election 2018 tracking the number and success of women candidates.
- Politico, "More are running, but will women win?" March 8, 2018
- Wikipedia, "Jeannette Rankin," accessed March 12, 2018
- State of Indiana, "Voting Amendments in the U.S.," accessed March 12, 2018
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