Common Bond: Democratic members of the Washington State Legistature until Farrell resigned recently to run for mayor of Seattle. Together they comprised one of only four women-led state legislature caucuses in the US. Stat In 2017, 24.9% of the 7,383 state legislators in the United States are women. Why Women Matter: “Whether a jury or legislature, representation that reflects our communities necessarily leads to better outcomes and decisions,” says Kilduff. “Women legislators add a critical perspective when making decisions affecting families, women’s health, and the workplace.” Good Deeds: Farrell helped secure $500 million in education investments for needy children and historic investments in the state’s transportation system.