Women Make Historic Gains in the U.S. Senate

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U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., waves to supporters after making her a victory speech in Madison, Wisconsin. Baldwin defeated former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, to become the nation's first openly gay senator. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

The 113th U.S. Congress — which convenes in January — will have a record number of female senators thanks to Tuesday’s elections. For the first time in history, women will hold 20 of the 100 seats in the Senate. Tammy Baldwin, the newly elected senator from Wisconsin, will also be the first openly gay senator. The gender shift was part of a larger shift which also saw African-American and Latino voters turn out in record numbers to support Democratic candidates. The infographic below, created by NerdWallet, profiles the new senators, but also shows the gap between the U.S. female population and female representation in Washington, D.C.

As Gail Collins quipped in The New York Times this week:

Cheer up, white men! You seem to be doing O.K. Next year women will have 20 percent of the seats in the U.S. Senate, and we’re celebrating.

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  • Stephen L

    Wow! It’s about time we go in the right direction. It’s 2012, why should we not have more women in politics.

  • martina2u

    Gender is not the only criteria we should care about. We need to care about the politicians who see “the common good” as their mandate. Not the good of the 1%. We need huge and long-awaited systematic reforms of the financial industry, the energy industry and the constitutional amendment to remove corporations from the citizenry. We need people to vote for beefed-up diplomacy, instead of bombs. We need trade agreements which are not neo-colonial bullying, and not losing our jobs to the rest of the world. On the other hand, now Nancy Pelosi will presumably have help to do the work she tried to do!