Pennsylvania women in politics crawl toward equality

This is an issue I think is important. It's one I've written about for years. And I've always been fascinated by Pennsylvania's dismal record of electing women.

The Legislature has 24 Republican women, 21 Democratic women.

Which gets to my actual point.

That total of 45 ranks Pennsylvania 38th in the nation, lowest of all northeastern states, mid-Atlantic states and neighboring states with the exception of usually reliable-to-be-slightly-worse-than-us-in-anything West Virginia. It's 44th.

We've never elected a female governor or U.S. senator.

When I wrote about this a decade ago, Pennsylvania was 47th among legislatures. Four years ago, we were 46th.

So a current ranking of 38th suggests progress - call it a crawl toward equality.

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