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We’re Still Not Even Close to Gender Parity in Congress

by Axios | Updated on 11.8.18

Data: Brookings Institution, Center of American Women and Politics; Note: As of Nov. 7, 2018 at 11:06 am EST; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

We've told you before that 2018 is the year of the Democratic woman, and this chart shows the result for the next Congress: the influx of women, mostly Democrats, will give an ever so slight boost to the number of women serving on Capitol Hill.

  • 117 women were elected in the Nov. 6 midterms, including 96 to the House and 12 to the Senate. In addition, nine women were elected governor.

Why it matters: Even with a record number of women who ran and won this cycle, we're still not even close to reaching gender parity in Congress. And the Republican Party will actually have fewer women in the House than they do now. Eight GOP congresswomen are not returning — two retired, three ran for higher office, and three lost their re-election bids.

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  • Kimberly
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    I don’t care about gender! I care about who’s doing their job and doing what is needed Not doing their own agenda. Male or female !!!!!!!

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  • burrkitty
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    Brett that is some sexist bullshit.

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  • Kodiwodi
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    This is an issue that I feel has to be taken one election at a time. Women need to feel their voices are being heard and their opinions are valuable. Some of the old boys club needs to retire, die off or lose. Record numbers of women and minorities ran and won this race. Their success will inspire others. People like Brett will no longer matter as soon they will be the minority. I can’t wait!

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  • Kimberly
    11/09/2018
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    Seriously?? Who cares?! I will never ever ever vote for someone based on any other factor besides their qualifications and representing what my values are. I don’t care what color, gender, or sexual orientation anyone is. You’re either qualified or you’re not and as a female veteran I’m offended when people play the “card” the only time to play the “card” whether or be race or gender or whatever is when you can’t compete based on your merits. So sick of these types of debates all they do is send us back to the 50’s it hurts way more than it helps.

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  • burrkitty
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    Or anywhere else for that matter. After all, there are still vogons out there that think it’s appropriate to tell strangers how to live their lives. That’s what conservatives are after all.

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  • Mark
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    There are no genders and or genders are fully interchangeable. That’s what the Democrats keep telling us. Therefore the “gender gap” in Congress does not exist. Nice try AXIOS but you blew it big time on this one. Twisted creeps....

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  • Declan
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    Compared to most democratic countries, the US is in a bad place when it comes to female representation in the legislative and executive branches (for context, the U.K. has had two female PMs and the House of Commons is over 30% female right now, and Mexico's legislature is essentially half female as it currently stands). I wouldn't blame any political party or any governmental institution for this, I'd say it's more of a cultural issue, both when it comes to women choosing to run and certain regions choosing to elect women. I am glad the overall trend is upward, though; hopefully this gradual trend will leave us with a truly representative legislature in the coming decades.

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  • AlBundy
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    We need more women in Congress so when it all goes to crap we’ll blame them. Bwahahaha.

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  • JTJ
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    Democrats don’t care about individuals and who is best suited. They only care about what arbitrary category they can fit people into.

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  • Holly
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    how many women are available for these positions? this should only matter if women are applying at equal rates but being denied or discriminated against simply because they are female. is that happening?

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  • Brian
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    And Congress will never truly represent "us" until they look like us. They need to have more diversity of gender, color, belief, and orientation. Old white straight men do not represent all perspectives and should not be allowed to make all the laws.

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  • Judith
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    WE NEED MORE WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT OFFICES !

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  • Cndrla
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    Brett, you are an imbecile

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  • Jason
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    It doesn’t matter about gender. What matters if the message and ability to get things done. Am I going to vote for a woman just to get more parity, hell no! Am I going to vote for a man because I am a man, hell no! It’s about the message not the messenger.

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  • Dave
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    Even with a record number of women who ran and won this cycle, we're still not even close to reaching gender parity in Congress. Their should be equal percentages of women in the house and senate, plus across the board ethnic groups, trades and other professional as well! With out a good representation you don’t have true democracy. Yes the democratic have made great strides in embracing all, trying to balance the relationship and involving many groups, but their is still a lot more to do!

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  • Deirdre
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    Our government needs to reflect our diversity throughout the country, not just men.

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  • BIGDADDY
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    Why the hell would we elect people solely on gender. That makes no sense. If the man is better, vote for the man; if the woman is better, vote for the women, simple as that. Just when you vote, make sure you vote republican.

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  • What.About.Ethics
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    Brett, is it hard to breath with your head up your backside?

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  • Joseph
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    It’s doesn’t matter. It’s a meritocracy. Stop with this group think. If a women wants to run she can. And as a republic we can elect a women. If a women doesn’t feel like running it’s not that it’s sexist is her choice. Unless you leftist want to take there choice to be something that makes them happy. To fit your narrative. It’s about there ideas not there gender,race, and other group think BS

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  • John
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    Gender doesn’t matter. If it were the other way around I wouldn’t care either, all that matters is that we have elections and that the results are respected.

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  • Caren
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    11/12/2018
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    Morons! What good is diversity if they don’t have good policy! I would rather someone with morals, intellect, and qualifications more so than what color someone’s skin color or what gender or ethnicity they are! Idiots can come in any color or gender! Quality and intellect over an idiot!

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