Political Representation

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Elected Offices in Local Government Held by Women

  • Women are underrepresented in Kenosha and Racine counties on school boards and county board elected bodies.
  • Women’s representation is overall higher than the statewide average when exploring town boards, village boards, and city councils.
  • The most notable difference between Kenosha and Racine counties in regards to women’s representation is City Council membership. Female representation on the Racine City Council is 25% higher (37% - 10 out of 27 members) compared to the Kenosha City Council (12% - 2 out of 27).

Information from 2017 Status of Women Report in Northeastern Wisconsin.

 
Village and Town Boards were not calculated separately for Wisconsin Statewide.

Leadership Seats in Local Government Held By Women

  • Women hold local government leadership seats in Kenosha and Racine counties at a higher percentage than the rest of the state. 6 out of 25 leadership positions in the two counties are held by women.
  • Women only hold local government leadership positions as Town Board Chair (3 out of 11 towns - all three in Racine county) or Village Board Chair (3 out of 16 villages).
  • Women are absent from higher level leadership positions in local government (school board president, city mayor, county board chair, or county executive).
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