Today’s Women in Parliament Face a Greater Responsibility


In 1967, when India’s 4th Lok Sabha was elected to Parliament, there were 33 women MPs and in 2014, the Lower House had 66 elected women MPs. Even though the absolute number of women MPs has grown, by 100%, so has the female population of India. In 1967 for every 1 woman MP there was 1 crore female citizens. In 2014, that ratio had grown to 1 woman MP: 10 crore female citizens. As such, it follows that our female representatives continue to face greater responsibilities in comparison to their counterparts in 1967. A state-wise analysis of women MPs in the Lok Sabha shows Uttar Pradesh to have the highest number of female representatives in the Lower House, often followed by Madhya Pradesh. | Click Here for interactive data

The 66 women MPs of the 16th Lok Sabha span 15 political parties

The 16th Lok Sabha is the first time 2 states tied for most number of women MPS in the Lok Sabha

7 of the 26 Cabinet Ministers under the present Central Government are women