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Women Shut Out of Elected Office in the SouthAs campaign costs rise, the people who have been traditionally shut out of the political process, women, low-income voters, and people of color, will continue to find themselves at a disadvantage. When money dominates the political scene, the good-ole-boy network flourishes. Consider that:
Women were the majority-voting block at 52% of voters
on Election Day in 2000. Yet women are sorely missing from our elected
offices. Women make up only*:
According to the data from the Center for American Women and Politics, women in the Southeastern U.S. are much less likely to be in elected office than in other regions in the United States.
Washington state ranks first in percentage of women in
its state legislature with 38.8%. Yet in the states where Democracy South
is working, from Kentucky to Florida to Louisiana, women are much less
likely to be elected to their state legislatures. Unfortunately, the "good-ole-boy"
system remains at the helm of political machinery across the country and
often maintains its position through the control of the campaign finance
No southern state ranks in the top 20 states for the percentage of women represented in the their state legislatures. Of the 5 states with the worst representation of women, 4 are in the South:
Understanding why this trend continues more than 80 years after women were given the power of the vote means understanding the power of money in elections as a way of keeping qualified candidates from running for office.
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