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Fewer women running for office

Janperry Fifteen people sit on the Los Angeles City Council. It's possible that in a few months, only one will be a woman.

In a few years, there could be none.

If City Councilwoman Janice Hahn wins a July runoff election for a South Bay congressional seat, Jan Perry will be the council's lone female.

And Perry must surrender her seat in 2013 because of term limits.

Eleven years ago, a third of the desks lining the council chamber's ornate horseshoe were filled by women.

The steady decline reflects a broader trend across the nation, where the proportion of women officeholders has been flat-lining or slipping.

The number of women sworn in to Congress this year fell for the first time in 30 years, leaving women with just 16% of congressional seats.

And the number of female lawmakers in state capitals decreased by 81 this year, the largest percentage drop in decades.

Read more about the decline in the number of women running for office.

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-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: L.A. Councilwoman Janice Hahn, right, is running for Congress, and Councilwoman Jan Perry will be termed out in 2013. They are the only women on the 15-member board. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press

 
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