The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics (link is external) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.
CAWP’s education and outreach programs translate research findings into action, addressing women’s under-representation in political leadership with effective, imaginative programs serving a variety of audiences. As the world has watched Americans considering female candidates for the nation's highest offices, CAWP’s over four decades of analyzing and interpreting women’s participation in American politics have provided a foundation and context for the discussion.
This page contains current numbers of women officeholders serving in 2016 with links on the right to basic fact sheets for each level of office. The fact sheets and individual state pages will be updated shortly to reflect these numbers.