Percent of the U.S. electorate that are women: 53

Portion of state legislators nationwide who are women: less than 1/4

Decades for which that number has held steady: 2

Total number of women currently serving in state legislatures nationwide: 1,793

Total number of women currently serving in state legislatures in the South: 373

Of the 10 state legislatures with the smallest proportion of women, number in the South: 7

Rank of Louisiana's among all state legislatures for representation by women: 50

Rank of South Carolina, Alabama, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Mississippi, respectively: 47, 46, 45, 43, 42, 41

Total number of women in top legislative leadership positions nationwide: 61

Total number of women in top legislative leadership positions in the 13 Southern states*: 7

According to a recent study looking at women and political ambition, number of the disparities between men and women in politics that can be attributed to family roles: 0

Year in which there was the largest percentage decline of women in state legislatures since tracking began in the 1970s: 2010

Number of state legislative seats Republicans picked up in 2010, in advance of post-census redistricting that further solidified the GOP's historic gains: more than 660

Portion of Democratic state legislators who are women: 1/3

Portion of Republican state legislators who are women: 1/5

* Facing South counts among the Southern states Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

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