Kamala Harris embodies trends that have been unfolding over recent decades. As a result, many Americans can see themselves in her story.
Women make up just over a quarter of all members of the 117th Congress – the highest percentage in U.S. history.
A hundred years after the 19th Amendment was ratified, about half of Americans say granting women the right to vote has been the most important milestone in advancing the position of women in the country.
41% of Democratic registered voters say they are bothered that the likely Democratic nominee for the 2020 election is a white man in his 70s.
In 2018, 59% of U.S. adults said there were too few women in high political offices, including 69% of women and 48% of men who said this.
Today’s active duty military is smaller and more racially and ethnically diverse than in previous generations. More women are officers.
Overall, about half of U.S. women and 38% of men said in 2018 that they personally hoped a woman would be elected president in their lifetime.
Roughly half of Americans say it’s better for a woman who wants to reach high political office to have children before entering politics. Views are different when it comes to leadership positions in the business world.
No world region has reached gender parity in the share of legislative seats held by women. Only three nations individually have reached or surpassed parity.
Women account for 28% of the 67 judges Trump has appointed to the federal courts since taking office, well below the share appointed by Barack Obama but higher than the share appointed by any other Republican president. Seven of the 67 judges (10%) are racial or ethnic minorities.