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).