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Women haven’t gained much representation in state legislatures since the 1990s

Women are better represented in state legislatures today than they were in the 1970s, but there's been very little progress in gender parity since the late 1990s. This map, compiled for Mic by David Mendoza using Center for American Women and Politics data, shows the stubborn trends:

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As Vox's Ezra Klein wrote in 2008 for the American Prospect, women tend to do about as well as men when they actually run. But women, due to a host of reasons, are less likely to hit the campaign trail. If women were better encouraged by society as a whole to run for office, there could be much more progress in closing the gender gap.

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