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)