Women Break Records in House and Senate

by Imran Siddiquee

By any measure, last night was a historic one for American women (and men who care about gender equality!). One in five U.S. Senators is now a woman (a record high) and the first Asian-American woman was elected to the Senate in Hawaii. Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay Senator and Tammy Duckworth will be the first woman injured in combat to serve in Congress. And perhaps most amazing of all, New Hampshire became the first state to elect women to all of its top positions.

But the wins just keep coming! It now looks like in addition to holding 20% of Senate seats, we will also have a record number of women (18%) in the House of Representatives:


According to the Center for American Women and Politics, the previous high was 73.

Written by Imran Siddiquee at MissRepresentation.org. Follow him on Twitter @imransiddiquee