Just the Facts

Contributed by Olga Vanucci.

  • 86% of us think America’s democracy is broken.
  • There are 500,000 elected offices in the U.S.  Less than one-third are held by women. An organization called She Should Run has set a goal of 250,000 women in elected office by 2030.  She Should Run’s Incubator program supports 14,000 women in finding their unique path to elected office. Over 130 Incubator members were on the ballot in 2018.
  • The current Congress is the most diverse in our history.  The House has 102 women, a record, yet still only 23% of the voting members. The Senate has 25 women, a record, yet still only 25% of the total. This Congress also has the largest number of Blacks (55), Hispanics/Latin Americans (44), Asians/Pacific Islanders (15), and Native Americans (4), making up 22% of Congress. The 116th Congress also has 10 members who openly identify as LGBTQ.
  • Search over 142,286 elected offices across the U.S. to find the ones you’re eligible to run for based on where you live:  https://www.runforoffice.org/

Sources:  

https://wholeads.us/electedofficials/

https://www.sheshouldrun.org/outcomes-impact/

https://ballotpedia.org/116th_United_States_Congress

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