Where Are The Women Presidents? 

On President’s Day 2014, the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) showcased a fact sheet that listed all of the women presidents of the United States from 1789 to the present. It was formatted to look like our dozens of other data-packed fact sheets about women in U.S. politics.

Just one problem: The fact sheet was blank. There hasn’t been a single woman president.

How can we encourage our girls to believe they can “Go Anywhere, Be Anything”, including be President of the United States? You start by reading to them about strong women in our political history! Check out this special guest blog post from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) for more ideas about how to teach our girls to lead: http://bit.ly/1kWCtZo

Gender ratio in US state legislature (state senates and houses), by state, 2014

Data source: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/

Code source: https://github.com/morpionZ/US_gender_in_legislature

Disclaimer: I made these graphs for my own amusement and for learning new plotting methods. Do not consider them a reliable source of information. Refer directly to the data source for more information regarding the data collection method. 

"In 2011, women hold … 16.6% of the 535 seats in the 112th U.S. Congress … 17% of the 100 seats in the Senate and … 16.6% of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives."

data from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

illustration by Daniel Adel for the New York Times