Insights · November 12th, 2012
Women have been front and center in the elections this year, drawing attention to issues that concern everyone like employment and energy, and issues that focus on women more exclusively, like reproductive issues. Recently there seems to be progress being made for women, in politics especially. The 113th Congress will have 20 female senators, which is the most ever in U.S. history, and you can meet them here. Though it’s not a great ratio since it’s still well below half, it does represent a certain air of change that’s taking shape as we speak. Recently the senate has been making some bold moves in support of pro-choice groups. The 2012 presidential campaign had a major focus on women, and their votes made a huge impact on the election.
The 112th U.S. Congress had 17 women of 100 people in the Senate and 73 of the 435 in the House. Now there are 20 female senators, and 78 representatives in the House. Only four states (Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi and Vermont) have yet to elect a woman to Congress.
Writer: Mallory Smith worked as Program Manager & Administrator at Futurist.com