Recent headlines bemoan the fact that, in the city of Los Angeles, only one woman — recently elected to a City Council with 14 men — holds elected office in City Hall. As for L.A. County, with 9.9 million residents, a lone woman sits on its five-member Board of Supervisors.
California is not alone. Across the United States, only 73 women hold statewide elected offices — less than a quarter of available positions.
That percentage has been declining for 12 years, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.