For The First Time In History, Over 100 Women Have Been Elected To The House Of Reps

This week saw a record-breaking number of women who will serve in the House next year — 100 women, in fact, breaking the previous record of 85. 

Though final numbers are not in yet (which means things could change), Tuesday night’s numbers shows that at least 117 women will be serving in Congress as a whole next year, according to the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics.

As Marie Claire points out, most of the women elected to the House were Democrats. The congresswomen-elect are a diverse group, with many of women of color on the ballot. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar will be the first Muslim women in Congress, and Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will be the first Native American women in Congress.

Also, in the Senate, 12 women won seats, with two newly elected senators and nine incumbents winning reelection. 

 

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