June 19, 2024

Economix: Women in Politics, Around the World

There is still just one country with a female parliamentary majority: Rwanda, according to the latest numbers from the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Around the world, 19.2 percent of all national parliamentary positions (including seats in the upper house or senate, where applicable) are held by women. Of the 181 countries for which data was provided, the United States ranked almost exactly in the middle: 92nd, just above Turkmenistan.

Here’s a map showing the percentage of seats in different parliamentary houses that are held by women. Darker shades represent a higher share:

As noted in a post last year on the same data set, Rwanda, like dozens of other countries, has a constitutional requirement that at least 30 percent of its parliamentary seats must go to women. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, currently 50.9 percent of its parliamentary seats are held by female politicians (56.3 percent in the country’s lower house, and 34.6 percent in its upper house).

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