Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey speaks during the State of the State address in Montgomery. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

Today (Thursday) is International Women's Day, a day worth celebrating, for sure. So consider this timely report from The Washington Post:

--22 U.S. senators are women, a record high.

--84 members of the U.S. House are women.

--Six states have female governors -- including Alabama, of course, with Gov. Kay Ivey.

--A quarter of all state legislature positions are held by women.

Now, the flip side to the positives of those statistics is that women remain far under-represented in American politics. The reasons why are as complex and discriminatory as you can imagine, but the fact that some American voters couldn't bring themselves to vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election solely because of her gender, not because of her party or liberal stances, is a telling point.

We have a ways to go.

The Post reports:

"Overall, about a quarter of elected positions in the United States are held by women. There are 1,977 women in power across governorships, congressional seats, and state legislative seats — which means 2,006 more have to win for women to reach equal representation.''

-- Phillip Tutor