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The percentage of female candidates elected to federal, state and local offices in California continues to fall significantly short of mirroring the gender split of the general population, according to a report released yesterday by the nonprofit California Women Lead.

California Women Lead, which supports female candidates running for and serving in office, found that though women make up 51 percent of the state population, they fill slightly more than a third of California's congressional seats and 27 percent of state legislative seats.

"Women in California should be proud -- two United States Senators, the first woman Speaker of the House and the first African America woman Speaker of the Assembly. Yet, as we peel back the layers, the outlook is not as bright," CA Women Lead Executive Director Rachel Michelin wrote in the report. "This is discouraging in a time when our state desperately needs effective leadership."

According to the report, women currently hold:

• 19 out of 53 spots in California's congressional delegation.
• One out of six constitutional officer seats.
• Two out of five Board of Equalization seats.*
• 13 out of 40 state Senate seats.
• 20 out of 80 Assembly seats.
• 73 out of 286 County Board of Supervisors spots.

California ranks 16th in terms of percentage of women serving in the state Legislature, Michelin said.

Click here to read the full report.

*The report includes controller as a BOE member. Barbara Alby was recently appointed to acting member for the BOE District 2 seat, bringing the total number of women eligible to vote on the board's actions to three.


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