A century after women won the right to vote they remain significantly under-represented in federal and state elected office in the United States. Why do women, who comprise more than half of the population in the United States, still fall far short of that proportion in Congress and in state governorships? Political science research suggests there are multiple explanations, ranging from women’s views on whether they are prepared to run to institutional and social constraints. The situation may be changing, however, given the record-setting number of women who ran for federal and state offices in the 2018 election cycle. Women continue to make advances in American politics, even if the rate of progress is slower than many would prefer.
Timothy Vercellotti, THE LONG ROAD TO POWER FOR WOMEN IN POLITICS, 42 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 439 (2020), https://digitalcommons.law.wne.edu/lawreview/vol42/iss3/7