This is the one I cannot get over: Just 22 out of 246. Less than one in ten – less than one in ten. That’s what the U.S. House majority party has for women in its delegation. This is how you end up with an all-male set of U.S. House committee chairs getting recommended. (On the U.S. Senate side, there are six women in the Republican majority of 54 – so just over one in ten, woohoo.) As the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) says, this past election was not a landmark, even with some notable firsts.
Of course, this does plump up the proportion of women in the Democratic delegation – 62 women in the 188-member House delegation (about 33%), and 14 out of 44 in the U.S. Senate team (32%). But it’s hardly a cause for celebration as the overall proportion (104 out of 535) hovers at 19% – less than two of every ten members of the U.S. Congress are women. In 2015.
Think on that for a while.
As for the whole bench-building thing when it comes to gender, I don’t know what pipeline they think they’re building to the bench, but I don’t see it – and it’s not in much evidence in the state mansions or statehouses either.
Governors? Five out of 50. State legislatures? No change from 2014, standing at 24.2% (1784 seats out of 7383 seats). Also abysmal. In Ohio, 26 (13R, 13D) of 99 House seats and just 7 (3R, 4D) out of 33 in the Senate for a whopping 25% (33 out of 132).
What can be done about this? For one thing, find, support or run as a candidate for local office in 2015 and for the statehouse in 2016. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has the 2015 list of candidates and election calendars up already.
March 8, 2016? An eye blink away.