Women in State Government: Historical Overview and Current Trends

In recent years the movement of women into state-level offices has slowed following several decades of gains. This pattern of stagnation did not change following the 2006 elections which produced only modest changes—most positive but some negative—in the numbers of women officials. Efforts to actively recruit women for elected and appointed positions will be critical in determining what the future holds for women in state government.

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About the Author
Susan J. Carroll is professor of political science and women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University and senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) of the  Eagleton Institute of Politics. She has published numerous works on women public officials, women candidates and various aspects of women’s participation in American politics.