Data Points on Girls’ School Alumnae & Women in Politics


One out of every five women serving in the U.S. Congress attended an all-girls school. An impressive statistic when you consider girls’ school students account for less than one percent of America’s female student population.

Girls’ School Alumnae in U.S. Federal Government

  • An estimated 151,000+ (or less than 1%) girls in the United States attend girls’ schools, yet an impressive 20% of the women currently serving in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives graduated from an all-girls school.
  • While only 23% of the current U.S. Senators serving are female, 13% of those women graduated from girls’ schools.
  • Only 19% of the current U.S. House of Representatives are female, yet an overwhelming 22% of those women graduated from girls’ schools.

Women in U.S. Federal & State Government [1]

  • The Cabinet: 6 (26% of 23 seats) [2]
  • Congress: 107 (20% of the 535 seats)
    • Senate: 23 (23% of 100 seats)
    • House: 84 (19% of 435 seats)
  • Governors: 6 (12% of 50 states)
  • State Senate: 452 (23% of 1,972 seats)
  • State House/Assembly: 1,427 (26% of 5,411 seats)

Women Who Ran in the U.S. 2018 Midterms Elections [3]

  • Congress: 262
    • Senate: 23
    • House: 239
  • Governors: 16
  • State Senate: 627 (46 states)
  • State House/Assembly: 2,754 total (46 states)

Women in Canadian Federal & Provincial/Territorial Government

  • The Cabinet: 17 (50% of 34 seats)[4]
  • Parliament: 137 (31% of 439 seats)
    • Senate: 46 (44% of 105 seats)[5]
    • House of Commons: 91 (27% of of 334 seats)[6]
  • Premiers: 1 (7% of 13 provinces/territories)[7]

Women in National Parliaments

Compiled by the Inter-Parlimentary Union, 193 countries are ranked by percentage of women in the lower or single House. Click here to view the complete data table.

  • #1 Rwanda
  • #2 Cuba
  • #3 Bolivia
  • #4 Mexico
  • #5 Grenada . . .
  • #39 United Kingdom
  • #50 Australia
  • #60 Canada
  • #103 United States of America

[1] Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University
[2] https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-trump-administration/the-cabinet/
[3] Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University
[4] https://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/ministries
[5] https://sencanada.ca/en/senators/
[6] http://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members
[7] http://www.thecanadaguide.com/data/provincial-premiers/