Series: Women In Wisconsin's Democracy

It's been more than 100 years since women won the right to vote in the United States, but their struggle for representation in government continues in the 21st century. Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, but it is not a leader when it comes to electing women to office. The state lags behind its neighbors in terms of the number of women elected to state offices. Women also run for office less frequently, facing barriers related to opportunity, incumbency and other factors. To support more women running for office, organizations along the political spectrum are working at local, state and national levels. While Wisconsin might not be a front-runner in this matter of representation, the potential and possibilities for women in office are moving forward.
 
November 6, 2018 marked an historic election in the United States due to the unprecedented numbers of women elected to state and national offices. These results, however, were not equally distributed between the two major political parties.
Wisconsin fell short from national trends and its closest Midwest neighbors when it came to electing more women to office in 2018. Hayley Sperling of WisContext discusses what contributed to the state's low numbers.
Women vying for public office made historic waves across the United States in the 2018 midterm elections. Wisconsin, however, didn't quite follow that national trend.
The number of women seeking state legislative seats is up in 2018, with two-thirds of these candidates running as Democrats. Emerge Wisconsin is a group that helps recruit and train Democratic women to run for office in the state.
What levels of bias among voters exist against women candidates for public office? UW-Madison political science professor Barry Burden discusses surveys on the role gender bias plays in elections.
Vel Phillips was a Wisconsin groundbreaker in many rights, becoming the first African American woman to graduate from the UW Law School, serve on Milwaukee's Common Council, and be elected to a statewide office in the U.S.
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Spring elections are here, and odds are good that the majority of the candidates on ballots are men.