Why Support Women Candidates?
Leveling the playing field
of elected officials in Louisiana are white men
...despite only making up 29% of the state's population.
of elected offices are held by women of color
...despite making up 21% of the state.
of elected offices are held by white women
...despite white women being the largest demographic in the state.
OUR LEADERS DON'T RELFECT OUR COMMUNITIES
PROGRESS IN LOUISIANA HAS BEEN SLOW.
Representation 2020, a nonpartisan initiative committed to achieving gender parity in our appointed and elected offices in the United States, ranks Louisiana 47 out of 50 states with a gender parity score of 9.8 out of a 100. In 2014, Louisiana's gender parity score peaked at 15.7, but since this time we have witnessed a sharp decline in women's political representation.
Based on these statistics, it is clear Louisiana has a great deal of work to do before our political leadership mirrors the population of our state, a concept otherwise known as Reflective Democracy. The unsettling disparity between our state's demographics and our elected leaders is likely structural and systemic in nature. As a matter of fact, the current political system was never built to include women. Economic barriers, gate keepers, and voting systems serve as powerful obstacles to women running for office. Les Femmes PAC was developed to disrupt the present system by leveling the playing field for Democratic female candidates.