Women Remain Under-Represented in the Legislature (Hartford Courant, 11/30/2016)

Women make up about 51 percent of the state’s population but will hold only 27.3 percent of the seats when the legislature convenes in January.

Following the November election, Connecticut will have 42 women in the House and 9 in the Senate, for a total of 51.

The number represents a slight dip from past years, said Christine Palm, spokeswoman for the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, which compiled the statistics.

“For several years, Connecticut has tended to hover around 29 in terms of the percentage of women elected to the General Assembly,” Palm said. “So this decline, which might be seen as statistically slight, is nonetheless discouraging. While we welcome our newly elected female legislators, women remain 51 percent of the population, so we look forward to seeing their representation grow to better reflect the state’s demographic balance.”

Connecticut lags far behind Colorado and Vermont, whose legislative bodies are each more than 40 percent female, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

However, Connecticut has achieved gender parity when it comes to the state’s constitutional officers. Of the six statewide positions, three are held by women: Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, state Treasurer Denise Nappier and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

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