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In 2021, women held 31% of the seats in the Wisconsin Legislature. That was the most in state history and was roughly in line with the national average for statehouses. Yet it was also well below the percentage of women in the general population and a shift from the 1980s and 1990s, when Wisconsin had more female legislators than most states. An even smaller share of women serve in many important local offices in the state, which often function as steppingstones for higher office.

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