Last night was a historic night for women in American political life. A record number of women ran for Congress in 2012. And while still far from equal, the numbers of women in the next Congress will be historically high.
With a few races too close to call, there will apparently be between 75 and 79 women in the House of Representatives, up from 73 currently serving. There will be 20 in the Senate, up from 17 currently serving. This means that women will comprise about 18 percent of the next Congress, up from under 17 percent in the current Congress.
Other historic achievements last night:
We still have a long way to go. Four states have still never sent a woman to Congress – Delaware, Vermont, Iowa, and Mississippi. And of course we’re still waiting for the first female president. But women broke new barriers in 2012 – and we should be proud.