U.S. gets crushed in new ranking of which countries elect the most women

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There are now a record 104 women in Congress, but the still U.S. lags way behind many other nations when it comes to women in government.


According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, the U.S. ranks only 33rd among 49 "high-income" countries when it comes to women in the national legislature. America doesn't fare much better when compared to a larger group of 137 countries with data available — it ranks just 83rd.

Rwanda is the only country in the world to have more female legislators than males, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap 2014 report.

The results shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Earlier this month, Pew revealed that four out of 10 people surveyed said America is "not ready" to see women in power.

“Why would people think the country is not ready? It’s a question I don’t really have an answer to,” Pew's Kim Parker told Fusion earlier this month.


However, there is some (slightly) better news for the U.S. It ranks 25th out of 141 countries for women in Cabinet-level or ministerial positions and is tied with Canada for 12th place among high-income countries.

Below are the "high-income" countries Pew considered. The chart is ranked by "Women in parliament," i.e. national legislatures like Congress — that's the category in which the U.S. clocks in at No. 33.


Abby Rogers is a feminist who is completely content being a crazy cat lady. She reads everything, but only in real book form — no e-readers thank you very much.

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