Massachusetts’ track record on women’s political representation is one that many find disappointing and perhaps surprising for a state often characterized as innovative and progressive. The commonwealth elected the first woman to the United States Senate in 2012. Currently, Massachusetts is ranked 21st in the nation for the proportion of women serving in the state legislature (25.0%). At the municipal level, representation has seen a slight uptick to 21.8% in 2014 from 19.6% in 2013.
Female Elected Officials in Massachusetts: Congressional, Statewide, Legislative, and Municipal, 2014
|Total||Number of Women||Percent Women|
|MA House of Representatives||160||38||23.8%|
|Municipal Governing Bodies**||1739||379||21.8%|
*Includes: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Auditor, Secretary of State, Treasurer.
Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy analysis of data collected from Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Massachusetts Municipal Directory, 2014.