Florida ranks No. 11 in nation and No. 1 in South for gender equality in the U.S. House

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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.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.