Study: Women Rise in State Government Leadership

By: AP
By: AP

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ A study suggests the number of women in state government leadership positions is on the rise, with the percentage nearly mirroring their representation in the general population in six states.

According to the report by the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society at the University at Albany, 35 percent of the governor-appointed posts in all 50 states last year were held by women. That's up from 28 percent a decade earlier.

Researchers looked at the number of women named to top-ranking policy positions and found that while women remain generally
underrepresented, they've made significant strides in some key
areas.

The study found the number of women in senior policy positions in Alaska, Connecticut, Montana, Nevada, Vermont and Washington is
roughly even with their percentage of the general population in
those states.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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