Representation and the 2022 Elections
2022 saw a record number of women run and win their elections for the Senate and governor. Katie Britt was elected Senator from Alabama, raising the number of women Senators to twenty-five, tying the all-time high. A record number of African American women ran for House, Senate, and for governor, while a record number of Hispanic women ran for House and for governor. Despite these records set in 2022, women are still underrepresented in high office; women make up 29% of House members, 25% of Senators, and 24% of governors. While there were record numbers of African American women running for office in 2022, no African American woman was elected governor or Senator. While more women and more minority women are running for office, there are still obstacles limiting the number of women serving in Congress and as governors.
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Debate: What could be done to encourage more women to run for office?
Why do voters tend to view women candidates differently than their male counterparts?
Poll: Do you think electing more women to Congress would change public policy?
Do you think electing more minorities would change public policy?
Short Answer: How do voters perceive African American woman candidates?