Philadelphia City Council Ranks 9th in Female Representation Among 15 Cities Surveyed in New Analysis

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Nina Ahmad and Rue Landau
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Nina Ahmad and Rue Landau are two of the newest female members of Philadelphia City Council.

Philadelphia City Council lags behind in terms of female representation compared to its peer cities despite being more tenured and better compensated than most of their counterparts, writes Harrison Cann for City & State Pennsylvania.

The new analysis, which examined representation, tenure, and salaries of City Councils, found that the overall share of female council members among the 15 cities reviewed increased from 31 percent in 2016 to 47 percent in 2024, was recently released by Pew Charitable Trust

“In 2024, six of the 15 city councils that we looked at had majority-female representation on them, whereas the last time we looked at city councils in 2016, it was zero, said Katie Martin, project director of Pew’s Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative.

Philadelphia’s gain, however, increased from 35 percent in 2016 to 41 percent in 2024, dropping from fifth to ninth in the rankings.

“It is more important than ever to have women in leadership positions because we need to be the ones making decisions about our freedoms,” said Rue Landau, one of the new female councilmembers.

Nina Ahmad, another new female council member, highlighted there is more work to do, and it’s important to serve as an example and inspire young girls.

Read more about female representation in city council in City & State Pennsylvania.

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