Just out: a state-by-state quarter-century report card looking at gender equality in the U.S. House, looking at how each state has fared in such representation between 1989 and 2014.
In looking at 5,325 congressional elections, the Smart Politics study finds that the number of female representatives has tripled over the last 25 years, but with lots of variation between states.
The study opens by noting the loss of Alex Sink last week — but notes that nevertheless, Florida fares quite well, particularly in the South, in its relative election of women.
Florida ranks at No. 11 in the nation and No. 1 among southern states in its percent of female representatives, and for this, earns a B+ grade. Since 1989, 58 of Florida’s 290 contests (20 percent) have been won by a female.
Only Wyoming scored an A+, with an astounding 76.9 percent of its elections being won by a female since 1989. Wyoming, the “Equality State”, was also the first to grant women the right to vote — even prior to its statehood — in 1869.