Facts & Figures

  • In the current US Congress there are 107 women holding seats - 84 women in the U.S. House of Representatives (19% of members), and 23 in the Senate (23% of members).

 

  • 38 of the 107 female Members of Congress are women of color.

 

  • The first woman elected to Congress was Jeanette Rankin in 1916, a Montana Republican and suffragist, who’d worked in Spokane’s social services before her election. “I may be the first woman member of Congress,” she observed in 1916. “But I won’t be the last.”

 

  • In 2005, Condoleezza Rice became the first Republican woman and the first Black woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.

 

  • Female voter turnout has exceeded that of men in every presidential election since 1980, by number and percent of total votes.

 

  • 6 million businesses in the United States are women-owned, employing nearly 9 million people and generating more than $1.7 trillion in revenues.

 

  • Women-owned businesses account for 39% of all US firms.

 

  • Minority-owned businesses account for 46% of all women-owned businesses.

 

  • Over the past 20 years, the number of women-owned businesses has grown 114% compared to 44% growth for all businesses….while firms owned by women of color grew at more than four times that rate (467%)

 

  • Mothers are the primary breadwinners in four-in-ten U.S. families

 

Sources: Center for American Women and Politics (2018); US Census Bureau; 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report (American Express Open); Pew Research Center (2018)

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