Congress

Current and historical fact sheets, graphics, research reports, and other information about women running for and serving in Congress.

  • Rethinking Women’s Political Power

    by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

    This report examines women’s political power within diverse state political ecosystems and illustrates that increasing women’s political power is a multi-site, multiracial, and bipartisan endeavor.

    Report
    Research
    Candidate Recruitment
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Women Voters and the Gender Gap
    Women and Term Limits
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Elective Office
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
    Local
  • Mujeres y Movidas: Latina Congressional Candidate Emergence and Experiences in California and Texas

    by Anna Sampaio (Professor of Ethnic Studies and Political Science, Santa Clara University, CAWP Research Grantee)

     

    Dr. Sampaio explores, through empirical data and interviews with candidates and political professionals, the experiences of Latina congressional candidates in the 2018, 2020, and 2022 elections. She also provides prescriptions founded in this research to enhance Latinas’ political participation and increase the number of Latinas running for office.

     
    Report
    Research
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Political Parties
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Elective Office
    Congress
  • From Data to Diversity I: The Demographics of New Jersey's Elected Officials

    by Jean Sinzdak and Chelsea Hill

    This report provides a demographic overview of elected officials serving in New Jersey in the first phase of a project created by the New Jersey Legislature.

     

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    From Data to Diversity Project
    Research
    New Jersey
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Congress
    State Legislature
    Local
  • Black Women in American Politics 2023

    by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

    This report from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Higher Heights Leadership Fund outlines the status of Black women in American politics as of June 2023. 

    Report
    Research
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Federal Executive
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
    Local
  • Women in Election 2022: Marking Midterm Progress

    by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

    This report analyzes women’s electoral success in 2022, focusing on the numbers, and puts it into historical context—with special attention to how 2022 compared to the historic elections that preceded it.

    Report
    Research
    CAWP Scholar
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Political Parties
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Elective Office
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
  • Latinas in U.S. Politics 2022

    by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

    This report from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and Latinas Represent outlines the status of Latinas in American politics as of October 2022. 

    Report
    Research
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Elective Office
    Federal Executive
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
    Local
  • Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics, 5th Edition

    The fifth edition of Gender and Elections offers a lively, multi-faceted account of the role of gender in the electoral process through the 2020 elections.

    Book
    Research
    CAWP Scholar
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Political Parties
    Federal Executive
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
  • Reaching Higher: Black Women in American Politics 2021

    by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

    This report from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Higher Heights Leadership Fund outlines the status of Black women in American politics as of September 2021. 

    Report
    Research
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Federal Executive
    Congress
    Statewide Executive
    State Legislature
    Local
  • Measuring Success: Women in 2020 Legislative Elections

    by Kelly Dittmar

    Measuring women’s electoral success means placing 2020 outcomes into historical and contemporary context. That is the work done in this report, where CAWP breaks down 2020 congressional and state legislative data by gender, race, and party; puts this data into historical context, with specific comparisons to the 2018 election; analyzes women candidates’ paths to office and strategies for success; and looks ahead to what 2020 election outcomes mean for the future of women in American politics.

    Report
    Research
    Political Parties
    Candidates and Campaigns
    Candidate Recruitment
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    State Legislature
    Congress
  • By the Numbers: Black Women in the 117th Congress

    by Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D. 

    This update from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Higher Heights Leadership Fund outlines the number of Black women in the U.S. Congress at the start of 2021. 

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    Research
    CAWP Scholar
    Gender and Race/Ethnicity
    Congress