Demographics

Women are still a minority in government. Here’s the info:

South Carolina continues to grow, and the population is estimated to have increased nearly 10 percent since 2010. Slightly more than 51 percent of the Palmetto State’s population is female but women hold just 16 percent of seats in the state legislature. Of the 170 state legislators, only 10 are African American women. There are no women currently representing South Carolina in the U.S. Congress.

Want the details on how many women are in office globally, nationally, and statewide? Click on the links below.

US CENSUS DATA

The last US Census was on 2010. Since that time, the population of South Carolina has grown by 9.9%. What does that mean to all of us? When we complete the 2020 census and enter the redistricting process following completion of the census, SC may have an new and additional Congressional district and surely most legislative districts will change. That is why we all need to understand and have confidence in the redistricting process our state will undergo.

Women in Elected Office 

In 2019, 127 women serve in the U.S. Congress. Twenty-five women serve in the Senate and 102 women in the House. The number of women in statewide elective executive posts is 86, and the proportion of women in state legislatures is 28.7 percent.

Women of Color in Elected Office

47 of the 127 women serving in the 116th U.S. Congress, 47, or 37.0%, are women of color; in addition, a Black woman, a Latina, an Asian Pacific Islander, and a Caribbean American woman serve as Delegates to the House from Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands, respectively. Women of color constitute 8.8% of the total 535 members of Congress.

Women in Elected office in South Carolina

South  Carolina ranks a sad 44th among 50 states with respect to the number of women in elected office. While this is an improvement from our 50th ranking just 8 years ago, we can do much better. This is a quick summary of where SC stands today. Source: Center for American Women and Politics

Congress

US Senate:
Total Senators: 2
Total Women: 0

US House:
Total Members:7
Total Women:0

Statewide Elected Executive Positions
Governor:Male

State Legislature

State Senate:
Total Senators: 46
Total Women: 4

State House of Representatives:
Total Members:124
Total Women:23

Percentage of Women:15.9%

Ranking among state legislatures for the proportion of women:44

 

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