Opening Day « The Washington Independent
With Jackie Speier’s election to the House — filling the seat left vacant by the death of Tom Lantos — the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers has just updated their charts about women in elective office.
They’ve got lots of data, but most interesting is this chart on the percentage of women in office from 1979 to today. The growth is most remarkable in state legislatures, where the percentage of women has gone from 10 percent in 1979 to 23.7 percent in 2008.
Unfortunately, Speier’s first day on the new job didn’t go too well.
As the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday,
Welcome to Washington.