Women in Office: Getting There and Staying There

Women in Office: Getting There and Staying There

Women in Office: Getting There and Staying There

Women in Office: Getting There and Staying There


Women's approaches to problem-solving, leading, public policy positions, and relationships with people are different from men's. They have much to offer and present challenging opportunities to the political community of governance. This is a practical how-to book written for women who are involved in the process, either elected or appointed to office, who wish to stay in office, be re-elected or move onto higher office. A first in a new and important genre of literature.


There are 98 million women in America today. More than one-half work. More than 12 percent head their own households. More than 68 percent raise children by themselves. And more than 63 million of them are registered voters. They are independent, competent, knowledgeable. Through experience women are natural problem- solvers; through cultural adaptation, they have learned to be people-oriented, consensus builders who approach situations in less confrontational ways than many men.

Yet for all their resources, attributes and strengths, in 1993 women hold only 6 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate and 47 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. In statewide elective office, there are 58 women representing 17.5 percent of those seats including 3 governors, 11 lieutenant-governors, 11 secretaries of state, 16 state treasurers, 4 state auditors and various commissioners, comptrollers and elected education officials.

Women are better represented in state legislatures. There are 1,516 female state legislators, or 20.4 percent, out of 7,424 state legislators. At the local level statistics are somewhat lower, with 14.3 percent serving on municipal and local governing bodies, and at the county level women hold 8.9 percent of available seats.

Although the greater percentages of women at the state and local levels are encouraging, the overall percentages are hardly indicative of the power, numbers or resources women have. There is a . . .

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