KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri appears to have bucked a national trend that has the number of women headed to office in state legislatures dropping for the first time in four decades.
Recent studies show that after increases in the number of women voted into state legislatures in every election since 1971, the number of women candidates winning spots in state legislatures declined in the Nov. 2 election.
The Kansas City Star reports that in 2011, about 23 percent of the nation's more than 7,300 state legislators will be women. That's down from 24.5 percent now. In Missouri, however, the number of women went up Tuesday. Missouri now has 46 women among its 197 lawmakers, or 23 percent. That's up from 44 women before Tuesday.