Originally published by Claire Carter for Carolina News and Reporter Women make up 51.3% of South Carolina’s population. But they’re only 14.7% of the state’s legislators. Across the country, state legislatures tend to…
It’s no small secret South Carolina women have little voice in state affairs.
It was national news in 2016 when the number of women in the state Senate quadrupled — from one to four. That figure will have increased by just two members at the start of the 2024 legislative session.
Women make up a little more than half the state’s population, yet they comprise less than 15 percent of the state Legislature. That ranks South Carolina among the bottom three nationally for women representation in state government.
The five female state senators in South Carolina stopped a near abortion ban from passing last week. With the women coming together on the issue, they hope to inspire more women to get involved in politics.
An abortion ban struck down. The lone female justice retiring. And a majority-male legislature rallying behind the one male candidate to replace her. This is how South Carolina ended up with an all-male Supreme Court as new abortion legislation looms.
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