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Listen: A Conversation About Women’s Representation In Ky. Politics

J. Tyler Franklin

There is no state in the country where women hold a majority of seats in a state legislature.

The best is Arizona, with 40 percent. Kentucky is one of the worst, with women only representing 17 percent of state legislative districts.

But that could change this year, because nearly 100 women have filed to run for the Kentucky General Assembly.

On Tuesday, the Kentucky Public Radio Network broadcast an hour-long news special on Kentucky women in politics. Capitol reporter RylandBarton spoke with experts and lawmakers about the under-representation of women in the statehouse. Our guests were:

The conversation ranged from discussion of the #metoo movement to Kentucky history to what policies lawmakers feel would get more attention with a higher percentage of women in elected office.

Ryland Barton is the Managing Editor for Collaboratives. He's covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Texas. He grew up in Lexington.

Email Ryland at
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