January 12, 2015

Women in the U.S. Senate, 1965-2017

Starting date of congressional term Share of U.S. senators who are women
1965 2.0%
1967 1.0%
1969 1.0%
1971 1.0%
1973 0.0%
1975 0.0%
1977 0.0%
1979 1.0%
1981 2.0%
1983 2.0%
1985 2.0%
1987 2.0%
1989 2.0%
1991 2.0%
1993 6.0%
1995 9.0%
1997 9.0%
1999 9.0%
2001 12.0%
2003 14.0%
2005 14.0%
2007 16.0%
2009 17.0%
2011 17.0%
2013 20.0%
2015 20.0%
2017 21.0%

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

Note: Shows the share of female senators at the outset of each term of Congress.

Pew Research Center