I’m certain that “election exhaustion” finally hit us all this week, and we’re happy to never see a scowling politician’s face or hear the ominous background music of the thousands of negative ads.
Today, our Board President sent me an article that share some brighter news from election results:
20 women were elected to the U.S. Senate – the most ever
77 women (with a few races still uncertain) were elected to the House of Representatives
the first Asian-American woman, Mazie Hirono, was elected to the Senate – she is also the first Senator born in Japan and Buddhist
Massachusetts has elected its first female Senator, Elisabeth Warren
a 31-year-old female Iraqi war veteran, Tulsi Gabbard, who is also Hindu, was elected to Congress
Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay person, and the first woman Wisconsin has elected, has a new seat in the Senate
Iraqi war veteran and triple amputee Tammy Duckworth take a seat in Congress
Claire McCaskill defeated Todd Akin to retain her seat
New Hampshire, which elected a female governor this year, will send the first all-female congressional delegation to Washington
2012 is also a year setting a record in the number of 28 minority women elected: 13 African American, 9 Latinas, and 6 Asian/Pacific Islanders.
The Huffington Post summarized women’s impact on the election: Women proved once and for all that female voters are paying attention, and that their support wins elections. Obama would not have been able to win the election without the support from women – female voters made up 54% of the electorate and favored the President by 11%, resulting in an 18-point gender gap.
In a country that is more than half female (50.8%) with an electorate over half, one in five Senators will be women, and 18.13% of Representatives will be female – nearly an 8% increase since the 2008 election.
We’ve come a long way since Jeannette Rankin was elected as the first female in Washington in 1917…but there’s a long way yet to go.
To read the article from policymic: http://www.policymic.com/articles/18780/mazie-hirono-and-tammy-duckworth-women-make-history-on-election-night
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