A groundbreaking election for women in Congress?

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November 6, 2020

A groundbreaking election for women in Congress?

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Women across the United States made several gains in this week’s election, producing a string of firsts down the ballot and nudging up representation in both the House and the Senate.

A total of 131 women will serve in the next Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. Though ballots are still being counted in some races, that figure is already up from the record of 127 set in 2019.

For the first time, voters in Missouri elected a Black woman to the House, Washington State elected a Korean-American woman to the House, New Mexico’s three-member delegation to the House will be made up entirely of women of color and a woman will represent Wyoming in the Senate.

These gains, though significant, are small.

Click here to read the full article published by The New York Times on 5 November 2020.