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Press Clipping: Associated Students mirrors nationwide gender gap in student government
ASGA's research on women in student government was quoted in The Western Front student newspaper at Western Washington University.

Associated Students mirrors nationwide gender gap in student government


Across the nation, the number of men who run for and win student government offices is much higher than it is for women, The Washington Post is reporting.

While women outnumber men at Western — making up 54 percent of graduates — they are outnumbered six to one on the Associated Students Board of Directors.

Of the seven AS Board positions, however, five had female candidates last year. It should be interesting to see what happens this year, as elections are right around the corner.

From the Post:

Of the 50 colleges ranked highest by U.S. News & World Report, less than a third of student presidents are women. Three of 12 major colleges in the Washington (D.C.) area have female student presidents: the University of the District of Columbia, Marymount University and Trinity Washington University, where nearly all students are women.

The American Student Government Association estimates that 40 percent of student presidents nationwide are female, including those at community colleges. The share is believed to be lower at four-year colleges, though precise figures were unavailable.

Getting more women into campus politics in their teens and 20s, advocates say, could bolster their ranks in statehouses and on Capitol Hill. Twelve percent of governors and 17 percent of members of Congress are women.

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