Alabama 4th Lowest in Percentage of Women in the Legislature

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - While more women have been elected to the Alabama Legislature, the state has the fourth-lowest percentage of female legislators among the 50 states.

Voters in November elected 14 women to the 105-member Alabama House and four to the 35-member Senate. That means women make up
almost 13 percent of the Legislature, which Alabama House clerk Greg Pappas said is a record for this state.

In May 1994, Alabama ranked last among the states with 5.7 percent -- with only eight women. Only South Carolina, Kentucky and Oklahoma have lower percentages of women in their legislatures.

Several female legislators believe electing more women to office would balance the mostly male outlook that dominates the State House and likely bring more attention to health care, education and children's issues.

Nationwide, women now hold 23.5 percent of the seats in state legislatures.

The survey was conducted by the Women's Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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