Women Make Historic Gains in the U.S. Senate

  • submit to reddit

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.

Women Senators

  • submit to reddit

BillMoyers.com encourages conversation and debate around issues, events and ideas related to content on Moyers & Company and the BillMoyers.com website.

  • The editorial staff reserves the right to take down comments it deems inappropriate.
  • Profanity, personal attacks, hate speech, off-topic posts, advertisements and spam will not be tolerated.
  • Do not intentionally make false or misleading statements, impersonate someone else, break the law, or condone or encourage unlawful activity.

If your comments consistently or intentionally make this community a less civil and enjoyable place to be, you and your comments will be excluded from it.

We need your help with this. If you feel a post is not in line with the comment policy, please flag it so that we can take a look. Comments and questions about our policy are welcome. Please send an email to feedback@billmoyers.com

Find out more about BillMoyers.com's privacy policy and terms of service.

  • 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!