State of the Texas Woman
What is the SOTW?
The State of the Texas Woman is a biennial report released after every midterm and presidential election. It contains important trends and patterns of women running for office down to the local level. Both quantitative and qualitative data points are reported, giving our readers a better understanding of what it takes to run for office in the Lone Star State. Currently, Lone Star Parity Project is the only entity to landmark a report with aggregated data down to the local level.
Our 2020 Findings
Currently, there are only ten different types of political elected offices across the state of Texas that have women serving at or above parity—meaning 50% or more of these seats in counties throughout the state are filled by women and femmes.
Out of 254 counties, only 9 counties elected women at parity or more and an additional 17 counties are near parity. 21.3% of all women elected in 2020 come from these near parity or parity counties. Click each map to expand.
Over 1000 women filed to run for office at the county level or higher in the State of Texas in 2020, only meeting 22.36% of total people filing for office. 570 women ended up securing an elected seat, meeting 22.29% of total people who won an elected county-level or higher seat in 2020. There were more Republican women filing, winning primaries, and becoming elected than Democratic women. This pattern by party is the same for men.
We interviewed sixty-one incredible women and femmes, sharing the stories of student activists, elected officials, campaign gurus, and candidates alike. Scroll from left to right then click each feature to expand their picture and read their story.