In 2016, the U.S. had an historic presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the first woman to run for U.S. president. While we’re still waiting on a female president in the U.S., the race led me to wonder about women in other areas of political leadership and government.
Thanks to congress.gov and the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics, I was able to find data for all women who have served as a U.S. senator or U.S. House representative, and visualized that data in Tableau. While women make up 50.8% of the U.S. population (based on the 2010 census), women make up about 20% of our elected representatives in both Congressional chambers. Dive into the viz below to explore the detailed data: