Women in State Governments: Trends and Issues

This article focuses on the representation of women as leaders of state administrative agencies and a comparison of women within state legislatures. We begin with aggregate trends in representation from 1970 to 2004. We then classify trends on a state-by-state basis. Finally, we compare state government to other private and public sectors of American society.

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About the Authors
Christine Kelleher is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her research interests include state and local government, welfare policy and women in politics.

Cynthia Bowling is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Auburn University. Her research interests include public administration, public finance and budgeting, and state and local government.

Jennifer Jones is a graduate of the Master of Public Administration Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She currently works as a performance analyst for the Texas state budgeting agency, the Legislative Budget Board.

Deil S. Wright is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on various dimensions of public administration, state and local government, federalism and intergovernmental relations.