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Missing Moms: Only 5% of US State Lawmakers Are Mothers With Young Kids

Lack of paid leave, child care contribute to paltry representation in statehouses, new research finds.

A street vendor sells baby clothes on Constitution Ave in Washington, DC. 

A street vendor sells baby clothes on Constitution Ave in Washington, DC. 

Photographer: George Rose/Getty Images

Of the more than 7,000 state lawmakers across the country, only 5% are mothers with young children at home, new research shows.

The numbers are even more paltry for groups typically underrepresented in government, according to a report from the Vote Mama Foundation, a nonprofit group that researches the political participation of mothers. Of the 7,383 people serving as state legislators nationwide, less than 1% are Black or Indigenous moms with kids under 18, the data show. Yet, 86% of American women are mothers by the time they're 44, according to the Pew Research Center.