January 12, 2015

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

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%
2019 25.0%

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

Percentages are the share of female senators at the outset of each term of Congress.

Pew Research Center