Even though the California Legislature is generally considered to be pretty progressive, representation for one group is shrinking -- women. 

The number of women in the 120-member Legislature has fallen from a peak of 37 in 2006 to 32 this year.

Groups which promote women running for public office are concerned the trend will continue this election year.

Bettina Duval, president of CALIFORNIALIST, which has raised more than $1 million to support female candidates, fears women could lose three to five legislative seats this year.

The worry is that the drop-off will affect policy decisions in a way which will have a negative impact on women.