Race to the Top

09.27.13

In Campaigns, Female Donors Lag

Despite increase in women politicians.

A Center for Responsive Politics report concludes that the number of female political donors has not kept up with the increase of female politicians. In the 2012 election cycle, women saw unprecedented victories, claiming 20 Senate seats and more than 70 House seats. Nevetheless, women have consistently contributed around one-quarter of all itemized federal contributions. Furthermore, the number of women among the top 100 campaign donors has dipped from 21 to 11 since 1990. The study also cited differences across party lines, pointing out that women more frequently contribute to Democratic candidates. Female Democratic candidates, who are growing faster than female Republicans, often rely on female donors for at least half of their campaign cash.