Wisconsin lags behind the rest of the country in the percentages of women who are calling the shots in their state legislatures. The state has 31 female Assembly and Senate members, less than 25-percent of the total — and there are only 12 women in the ironclad Republican majorities in both houses, making up just nine percent of the Legislature, and no Republican woman has been elected to Congress from the Badger State. The Wisconsin State Journal says female lawmakers and political analysts cite several reasons — including that women are perceived as moderates at a time when the G-O-P is going to the right. Also, state G-O-P leaders have rejected “identity politics” which cater to groups. And the state G-O-P has not done much to recruit females for state offices, although Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch helped create a national effort.