Mar 27, 2024 - News

Colorado leads nation for women in municipal office

Women as a share of municipal officeholders
Data: Rutgers; Map: Axios Visuals

Colorado leads the country for women holding municipal office, according to a new report from the Center For American Women and Politics at Rutgers.

By the numbers: Women make up 46.1% of municipal officeholders in the state.

  • The West is well-represented in the top five: After Colorado, Nevada (44.3%), Oregon (43.2%), and Arizona (42.6%) have the highest percentage, while Vermont (40.8%) comes in fifth.

The intrigue: The top three states all provide mail-in ballots — something studies have shown can help boost voter turnout.

Zoom in: The Denver City Council has a female majority in its 13-member body, and features a record number of Latina representatives.

How it works: The report looked at municipalities with more than 10,000 people, and included city councils, boards of alderman, city commissions and other legislative bodies.


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