Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

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Among all of the New England states, Vermont stands out as having the most women serving in its legislature–40.6% of its legislators are women. However, while the state legislature continues to experience increases in the number of women elected, representation at the municipal level has hovered around 20% for the last nine years. Vermont has never sent a woman to the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives.

Women Municipal Officials in Vermont 2005-2014

Vermont Mayors by Sex, 2014

Women in Vermont State Legislature 1979-2014

Female Elected Officials in Vermont: Congressional, Statewide, Legislative, and Municipal, 2014

  Total Number of Women Percent Women
U.S. Senate 2 0 0%
U.S. House 1 0 0%
Statewide* 6 1 17%
VT Legislature 180 73 40.6%
VT Senate 30 8 27%
VT House of Representatives 150 65 42%
Municipal Governing Bodies** 1133 231 20.4%

*Includes: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Auditor, Secretary of State, Treasurer.
** Does not include school board/school committee positions.

Sources: Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy analysis of data collected from the Center for American Women in Politics, 2014

Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy analysis of data collected from Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) Directory of Vermont Municipalities, 2014.

Did you know?

Despite having a high level of female representation in the state legislature, Vermont has never had a woman U.S. senator or representative.

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