OTE Survey: Gender Composition of the Congress

May 23rd, 2013 at 8:46 am

Suppose you could choose the gender composition of the Congress, all 535 of ‘em, knowing nothing about the views or characteristics of the prospective members except one thing: their gender.  How would you divide things up?  You answer should take the form of: 

X% females
Y% males

Where X+Y =100.

I’ll collect and report results.  And yes, I’m aware that “convenience samples” like this are not representative.


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18 comments in reply to "OTE Survey: Gender Composition of the Congress"

  1. Figs says:

    51% females
    49% males

  2. H. S. Rockwood says:

    In the Senate and the house, each should be proportioned relative to their percentage in the population, which is about 51% female and 49% male. It would be more representative if the memberships also paralleled the age distribution of the country, starting with the minimum age for each body up to the retirement age of 67.

  3. Squarely Rooted says:

    As a male, I’m gonna go with 90% female/10% male. The fact that our gender has been largely in charge for the last 10,000 years and our species still exists is something like a miracle.

  4. Sarah Lyons says:

    50% females
    50% males

  5. BarbD says:

    60% F
    40% M

    Although I wouldn’t be averse to having 90% female for a few years, just to even our history out a bit.

  6. piddlesworth says:

    100% females
    0% males

    The reason is that this would, we expect, only persist until the next election, and after a few election cycles the effect would completely wash out, meaning the different policies passed, which would not have been passed under male domination and which cannot survive male domination, would be reversed. Importantly, though, the policies which have not been tried only because of male domination that would be popular if put into practice would remain, and so such a perturbation — even if temporary — would allow us to permanently obtain a better equilibrium.

  7. readerOfTeaLeaves says:

    60% female
    40% male

    As long as at least one of the females is Elizabeth Warren.

  8. Bearpaw says:

    Female: 50% (+/- 10%)
    Male: 49% (+/- 10%)
    Other: 1% (+/- 10%)

  9. Tom Shire says:

    I like Bearpaw’s recommendation, because intersex people should be represented as well.

  10. marge says:


    Dear god, make it happen.

  11. Sandra says:

    80 % women
    20% men
    Let’s see what happens when women are over-represented as men have been for hundreds of years. We will probably see much more compromise and action. At least there will be women directing discussion on women’s issues, rather than men determining the fate of how women control their own health/bodies

  12. D. C. Sessions says:

    I would be OK with having Congress completely composed of those who have borne children. If some dude really wants to run, he can have a fetal implant.

  13. PJR says:

    I’d want 65 percent female. I could go higher but we already know that bad things happen when one gender is ludicrously underrepresented, so I’d rather not risk going too far in the other direction.

  14. Carole says:

    65% female
    35% male