Although women hold more seats in Congress than ever before, they are still significantly underrepresented in federal policymaking. Our report When Women Lead shows that this disparity has serious implications for conservation, public health, and environmental policy.
When Women Lead examines the environmental voting records of members of Congress by gender going all the way back to 1972. We’ve recently updated our website with new, interactive data and the results are clear:
Women in Congress vote for legislation supporting clean air, clean water, renewable energy, climate action, and public health much more often than their male counterparts.
If we want to make progress on environmental policy, we should help elect more women to public office, and support them during their tenure. The understanding that gender inequality plays out across our society, not merely in our own sector, is what prompted us to join an amicus brief in support of the Equal Rights Amendment this month as well.
Share this report with your colleagues. With your help, we can achieve gender parity in government and a healthier world.