For the first time in India’s election history, 14.3% of the Lok Sabha will be represented by women. Out of the 724 women contested, 78 were elected to the parliament.
Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have the highest number of women MP with 11 from each state. Next in line is Maharashtra and Odisha with 8 and 7 MPs respectively.
At 67%, the number of female voters too was equal to the number of male voters this time. This is also a record turnout in terms of female voters in 2019.
The Women’s Reservation bill that sets out 33% reservation for women in parliament. The bill is pending since 2008 and is yet to be passed.