The massive movement that began with resistance to the presidency of Donald Trump has led to historic gains for women candidates this election cycle.
WASHINGTON – First they marched. Then they ran. Now they’ve won.
The massive movement that began with resistance to Donald Trump’s presidency has helped drive historic gains for female candidates this election cycle, ushering more women lawmakers into the next session of Congress than ever before.
As of Wednesday, women had surpassed the current record of 107 voting members of the House and Senate, according to a USA TODAY analysis of election results. The new total – 118 and counting – includes 31 first-time House members, seven more than the record set for freshmen women during the 1992 “Year of the Woman” election. It also includes sitting female senators who were not up for re-election.
The House will also have the largest number of freshmen women of color next Congress, with at least 11 new members elected, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.
“This is a story about women across the racial spectrum challenging the establishment and the norms and the expectations of what’s possible,” said Brenda Choresi Carter, director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign.
The surge was driven largely by Democrats, who took over control of the House. Eighty-four of the 96