The Inter-Parliamentary Union has a great archive of women’s representation in parliaments in most countries, from 1997 to 2016. I made this figure using the numbers for the lower houses (or single houses, if only one), which in the USA is the House of Representatives.
From 1997 to 2016, women rose from 12% to 19% of House members. During that time, for 163 countries, the average rose from 10% to 21%. When I cut the list down to 137, arbitrarily excluding a lot of very small countries, the USA slipped from 54th place to 84th place. Here’s the breakdown of changes in those countries (click to enlarge):
At this rate, in just 36 more years the House will get to the level of women’s representation that Hanna Rosin said Congress was at in 2012.
- Women in parliaments, by income
- Marriage and gender inequality in 124 countries
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Note: The code for making this figure in Stata looks like this:
gr twoway scatter rank16 rank97, mlabel(country) mlabposition(0) msymbol(i)
Before tinkering with the appearance and titles in the graph editor.