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David Bernstein, Politico, August 7, 2016: Where Are All the Republican Women?
Bernstein writes about a trend that isn't talked about much in the media. The number of Republican women in elected offices at all levels -- local, state and federal has been declining over the past decade. Today there are only 22 Republican women serving in the House out of 247 Republicans total. That's 8.9 percent.
The problem is not getting any better. In the Congressional districts that have held primaries this year, only 26 Republican women have been nominated out of 308 Congressional districts. That’s a mere 8.4 percent. And with Republican women not being brought up through the local and state elected offices, it is hard to see where the trend can be reversed anytime soon. Maybe it won't happen until the old white men of the Republican Party retire. Or will it have any effect?
Meanwhile 33 percent of the House Democratic caucus is women. While the Dems numbers of women are growing with every election, the Republicans numbers of women are stagnant or declining slightly.
Is it somewhat surprising given what Donald Trump says:
“I love beautiful women, and beautiful women love me. It has to be both ways." -- Donald Trump