Women in elected office chartWomen & Leadership in Omaha 2013 Update

Every two years, the Women’s Fund looks at the number of females in elected offices, on appointed boards and on nonprofit boards. The 2013 update found that fewer women are serving in elected office today than in 1996. According to the report:

  • 25% of the elected positions in Douglas and Sarpy counties are held by females. This is down from 34% in 1996 when the Women’s Fund first looked at the numbers.
  • Women are most represented on boards of education, holding 35% of the positions with local school boards, the state board of education, college/university boards and the Learning Community Coordinating Council.
  • Women are least represented in Nebraska state offices, with 13% of the positions. Women hold 20% of the county elected offices and 19% of city council and mayoral positions.
  • Women hold 32% of the positions on appointed boards in Douglas County. These 2013 numbers include judicial positions, as well as Douglas County, Omaha, Bennington, Boystown, Ralston, Valley and Waterloo boards. This is an increase from 23% in 2011; however, that count only included judicial positions, Omaha and Douglas County.
  • Women are best represented on nonprofit boards, holding 38% of the total board positions. The percentage is highest for human services boards (42%) and lowest for foundation boards (28%).
  • The majority (66%) of senior staff positions at nonprofit organizations surveyed are held by females. The percentage is highest for foundations (74%).

View the Reports

Women on Elected Boards 2013 – Overview (PDF)
Women on Elected Boards 2013 – Detailed Report (PDF)
Women on Appointed Boards 2013 – Overview (PDF)
Women on Appointed Boards 2013 – Detailed Report (PDF)
Women on Nonprofit Boards 2013 – Overview (PDF)
Women on Nonprofit Boards 2013 – Detailed Report (PDF)