The Number of Republican Women in State Legislatures Decline After Midterms

The number of Republican women in state legislatures declined after the 2018 midterms, from 705 female legislators to 662 representatives.

Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics found female Republicans make up 20 percent of representatives in Democratically majority legislatures. They hold less power in Republican majority legislatures, with only 16 percent representation.

Their decline in state politics doesn’t seem to bother Republican voters according to data from the Pew Research Center on gender disparities in politics. The survey found 79 percent of Democrats believe there is an underrepresentation of women in politics versus that of only 33 Republicans who recognize the disparity.

They also have the added problem of a lack of investment in their campaigns. A survey on party contributions found major fundraising problems for Republican women, with 72 percent of Republican donors unaware of political action committees serving them. Only seven percent of Democratic donors were unaware of PACs supporting democratic women.

The Realist Woman’s take:

If you’ve read any story on this news blog, it’s pretty clear where I lean in the political spectrum. But with that said, it’s a shame that these conservative women are not only receiving a lack of support from party members but who they are and what they can bring to the table are completely dismissed.

I do know, that wherever women lean, for the most part, we can come together and negotiate on certain issues. Just look at Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski or even the recent traitor to the fight for a woman’s right to choose with her vote for Brett Kavanaugh, Maine’s very own Susan Collins.

These women haven’t always voted with their party and have instead worked with fellow female legislators to come through with policy that makes sense. These women need the support of their party. But it looks like unless a fire was lit under their asses after this last midterm to really get themselves out there, nothing is going to change for them. And trust me, I’m aware that the Democratic Party hasn’t always been kind to women, but they’re doing better than the Republicans on that front these days.