Lifestyle Women to Watch

Women in politics, by the numbers: How Maryland stacks up

Women hold more of Congress’ 535 seats than ever before, though growth in recent years has differed along party lines. Maryland has no women in its delegation.

Of the 107 women currently serving in Congress, 38, or 35.5 percent, are women of color.

 
Source: Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

Women hold 20 percent of seats in the U.S. Congress.

 
Source: Brookings Vital Statistics on Congress, January 2017 update

 
IStock

Eighty women of color have secured nominations in U.S. House races in 2018, a new record.

(Source: Center for American Women and Politics)


Women in the General Assembly

 
Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University.

112 — The number of women who are their parties’ nominees in Maryland State House and State Senate races this year — a record high.


Women in the polls

A record number of women are major party nominees for Congress this year, including 202 Democrats and 60 Republicans.

Source: Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University. Numbers as of Oct. 4, 2018.

Representation in Maryland

Meanwhile, there is a lack of women in Maryland’s top elected offices. No women hold any of the state’s 14 federal or statewide offices. Since 1940, eight women have represented Maryland in the U.S. House, and one woman has represented Maryland in the Senate.

 
Source: Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University; Cook Political Report 2018 House Race Ratings.
Copyright © 2018, The Baltimore Sun
45°