Source: How Does Your State Rank for Women in Power? – ABC News. Colorado is leading the pack with the highest percentage of female legislators serving. In 2013, Colorado will have 41.5 percent state House representatives who are female (27 female out of 65 total) and 40 percent state Senate members (14 out of 35). Thirty are Democrats and 11 are Republican….
But not all states in the union are as progressive. At the bottom of the list is Louisiana, which has only 16 women serving on the state level, making it the least progressive state in terms of female representation. Trailing along with Louisiana are South Carolina and Alabama which collectively only have 42 female representatives.
There are some interesting statistics in this article about women in power. Not much of it is really that surprising to me though. Colorado seems to be the new “California”on today’s scene. That is it seems that Colorado is the State to look at when ever you are trying to discern progressive trends. Up until recently Colorado was considered a fairly safe “red” State. To the lament of the GOP that has been changing quite quickly lately.
Of course Indiana is as usual in the bottom third for this particular progressive trend. I would have been surprised to see it anywhere else. The bottom three are Deep South States; again not surprising at all. As expected about two thirds of the women in legislatures are in the Democratic party. The delegates to the national conventions of each party pretty much come from local politics and looking over the GOP convention last summer I guess I am surprised to see even 35% in the that party.
But maybe we should step back and look at the big picture here. I am a “big picture” guy so that is what I naturally do. 🙂 Maybe there are so few women in politics today because they have enough sense to realize that being a politician is just not worthy of their time. There are much more important ways to effect social change. All the politicians seem to do lately is sit around and yell at each other and complain about the “other” party; nothing seems to be accomplished in that realm anymore. Maybe women just see politics for what it is and decide to say “no thanks”.