Women advance in state government leadership posts

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A study has found that the number of women in state government leadership positions is on the rise.

And the report says the percentage nearly mirrors their representation in the general population in six states, including Vermont.

According to the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society at the University at Albany, 35 percent of the governor-appointed posts in all 50 states were held by women last year, up from 28 percent a decade earlier.

In Alaska, Connecticut, Montana, Nevada, Vermont and Washington, the number of women in senior policy positions is roughly even with their percentage of the general population in those states.

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