January 14, 2015

Women in the U.S. House, 1965-2019

Starting date of congressional term Share of U.S. representatives who are women
1965 2.3%
1967 2.5%
1969 2.3%
1971 2.8%
1973 3.2%
1975 4.1%
1977 4.1%
1979 3.7%
1981 4.1%
1983 4.8%
1985 5.1%
1987 5.3%
1989 5.7%
1991 6.4%
1993 10.8%
1995 10.8%
1997 11.7%
1999 12.9%
2001 13.6%
2003 13.6%
2005 14.9%
2007 16.3%
2009 17.0%
2011 16.6%
2013 17.9%
2015 19.3%
2017 19.1%
2019 23.4%

Source: Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University and U.S. House of Representatives.

Percentages are the share of female representatives at the outset of each term of Congress. Does not include delegates from the U.S. territories or District of Columbia.

Pew Research Center