Center for Women and Politics of Ohio

The Baldwin Wallace Center for Women and Politics of Ohio (CWPO) is a non-partisan center devoted to providing information about women who have run for public office in Ohio.

Contact:
Dr. Barb Palmer, Associate Professor of Political Science
cwpo@bw.edu

Media inquiries: Contact University Relations at (440) 826-2322.

The center provides both a historical record and a source of data for scholars, students and the general public who are interested in research on women and politics and Ohio history. Be sure to check out our Downloadable Data below.

Dr. Barb Palmer, founder and Executive Director of CWPO, is an expert on women running for Congress and the author of "Women and Congressional Elections: A Century of Change."

CWPO was created in 2013 through a generous summer research grant from Baldwin Wallace University.

Trailblazers in Ohio Politics

Mary Rose Oakar
She first ran for the U.S. House in 1972 at the age of 36. Her parents were of Lebanese and Syrian ancestry, making her one of only a handful of Arab-Americans to ever serve in Congress.

Nettie McKensie Clapp
Nettie was one of the four women first elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1922 and the first to represent Cuyahoga County. As a legislator, she was the first woman to sponsor a bill that would become a law.

Frances Payne Bolton
She was the first woman from Ohio to serve in Congress, first elected in a special election after the death of her husband in 1940. She was reelected 15 times.

DOWNLOADABLE DATA

The data available here is being expanded and updated all the time, so you are encouraged to check back periodically.

If you download and use our data, please let us know. We would love to hear about your research or story, and we can provide a link to it on our website. Contact us at cwpo@bw.edu.

The CWPO would like to thank Emma Frankham of the University of Birmingham and Dan Clapper of Baldwin Wallace University for their work during the summer of 2013 to provide the first round of data on the Ohio State House and Senate from 1922 to 2012.

Women from Ohio Running for U.S. House

This file includes data on female candidates from Ohio for U.S. House from 1940 (the first year a woman from Ohio won) to 2012.
DATA SOURCE: Various sources, including U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Clerk

Election Results for Ohio’s Female U.S. House Members

This file includes complete election results for all of the women from Ohio who won U.S. House seats.
DATA SOURCE: U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Clerk

Women Running for Ohio State Senate

This file includes data on female candidates for the Ohio State Senate from 1922 (the first year women were elected to the State Senate) to 2012. In the 1960s, the election of state senators was staggered, with half of the Senate up for election every two years. Consequently, beginning in the 1960s, the data are not a reflection of the total number of women who served in the State Senate in a given year, but rather the number of female candidates in each election. In addition, it should be noted that term limits were enacted in 1992, limiting the length of service to eight years or two consecutive terms; the first termed-out members left in 2000.
DATA SOURCE: Ohio Secretary of State

Women Running for Ohio State House of Representatives

This file includes data on female candidates for the Ohio State House of Representatives from 1922 (the first year women were elected to the State House) to 2012. State House members all run for reelection every two years. It should be noted that term limits were enacted in 1992, limiting the length of service to eight years or four consecutive terms; the first termed-out members left in 2000.
DATA SOURCE: Ohio Secretary of State

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Center for American Women and Politics

The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University provides a wide variety of data on women serving in public office, including in Ohio.

Running Start

Running Start is a non-partisan non-profit organization that encourages high school girls to run for public office. The flagship program is a week-long seminar in Washington, DC for 50 girls that provides hands-on experience in messaging, media, and fundraising.