Nearly one in every four seats within North
Carolina's General Assembly is now held by a woman.
But a woman has never served in the top leadership posts of
House speaker and Senate leader.
Forty-two of the 170 members of the state Legislature who will
be sworn in to office Wednesday are female. The 34 House members
and eight senators are an increase of three legislators over the
2005-06 session and more than double the 20 women who were on the
chamber floors in 1985.
The increase mirrors a generational upward trend for women in
In 1969, women held only four percent of all state legislative
seats nationwide. This year, it's more than 20 percent.