Topic: Women in Politics | By Patricia Murphy | January 3, 2013
When the 113th Congress is sworn in on Thursday, it will have more women than ever before- 82 in the House and 20 in the Senate- for a grand total of 102. That’s still less than one-fifth of the the joint, but it’s a start, ladies.
Among the women leading the charge in Washington are 77 Democrats and 24 Republicans. But more importantly they are a range of ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and life experiences. There are doctors, nurses, lawyers and yes, several former stay-at-home moms, including House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (whom we affectionately call “Nanners” on this blog.) There are also a number of history makers, including:
- The state of New Hampshire, which now has the first ever all-female Congressional delegation, along with its newly elected female governor, Maggie Hassan;
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), the first Hindu to serve in Congress;
- Speaking of Tulsi Gabbard, she and Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) represent the first time in history that we have two female combat veterans serving in Congress.
- Four states — Hawaii, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Wisconsin — elected a woman to the Senate for the first time. They are Sens. Mazie Hirono, Elizabeth Warren, Heidi Heitkamp, and Tammy Baldwin.
- And finally, according to the Center for American Women in Politics, for the first time every state legislative body in the nation has at least one woman serving. South Carolina broke that final barrier by electing its first woman to the State Senate, even though they already have a female governor in Nikki Hayley.