Although the number of women in elected office has greatly increased in recent years, there are still far fewer women than men in the top positions.
When will there be a woman president or vice president, and when will the number of women in Congress equal the number of men?
In 1997 there were about ten times as many men in the House of Representatives as women, and about twelve times as many men as women in the Senate.
In fact, most states had never had even one woman senator. More than three-fourths of the states had yet to elect a woman governor in 1997, and many cities had never had a woman mayor.
More and more women, however, are now running for office, so women can be expected to achieve many more firsts in politics.