Where Are The Women?
Women are 51% of the population. In Escambia County they are 53% of the registered voters.
Women voters have voted in greater numbers than male voters since 1980.
Women’s participation in elected office, however, is a different story.
Percentage of Elected Women
113th U.S. Congress 18.5%
Statewide Elected Executive Offices 23.3%
Mayors of Cities with Populations 100,000+ 17.0%
Mayors of Cities with Populations 30,000-100,000 18.4%
Florida’s U.S. Congressional Delegation 20%
Florida Legislature 25%
Okaloosa County 28%
Santa Rosa County 32%
Escambia County 34%
Why Women Aren’t Closing the Gap
- Women are less likely than men to view elective office as an appropriate role or realistic aspiration.
- Voters and the media create higher hurdles for women to surmount.
- Fund-raising is more difficult for women than for men.
- Gender bias persists in how political parties may recruit (men) and discourage (women) candidates. Recent research shows that this is especially a hurdle in the Republican Party.
This information is taken from “More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures,” by Susan J. Carroll and Kira Sanbonmatsu (Oxford University Press, 2013).