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Route Fifty: New Data Show a Major Gender Gap in Local Government Leadership



This article originally appeared in Route Fifty on March 17, 2022.

Fewer than one in three top appointed local officials are women, according to the analysis. Curious how your state stacks up? Tools released with the research allow users to look at trends and comparisons across the country.


The share of top appointed local government leadership positions that women hold across the U.S. has climbed in recent years. But there’s still a major gender gap and if the rise of women in these jobs continues at its current pace, it’ll be another quarter century before they’re on equal footing with their male counterparts.

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