Jennifer Berry Hawes explores the severe impact of gender and race imbalances among state lawmakers on the politics of abortion and health care in the United States, citing our latest data findings throughout.
Lamar glanced around at her fellow senators, three quarters of them men. The imbalance was even more stark in the state’s House of Representatives, where almost 9 in 10 members were men. And Tennessee is no anomaly. Across much of the Southeast, state legislatures are more than 80% male.