|Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin, D-WI|
So, if you're counting that 5 Republicans and 15 Democratic women in the Senate. Interesting snapshot of both parties, eh?
|Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren, D-MA|
Just over a quarter-century ago, in 1986, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, became the first woman elected to the Senate whose spouse had not served before her in Congress. The “year of the women,” 1992, brought Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to the Senate, where they continue to serve.
This year, Representatives elected Carol She-Porter and Anne McLane-Kuster, D-NH, and Tammy Duckworth, D-IL, an Iraq War veteran who lost both legs in combat before turning to politics, who won a congressional seat from firebrand Tea Party icon, Joe Walsh.
The incoming freshman class of legislators include Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, Elizabeth Warren, D-MA Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii (first Asian-American woman - born in Japan - and Hindu elected), and (former state Attorney General) Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota.
Voters reelected Sens. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York.
Okay, and bona fide Tea Party Cuckoo-Bird Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, was reelected but only by the slimmest of margins.
|Rep.-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-IL|
With the retirements of Republican Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Olympia Snowe, the steady increase in numbers of Senate women was expected to stop in 2012. But, it didn't.
I'm willing to bet solid money that was a direct result of the Republican War on Women. Their bullets backfired.
Threaten the reproductive rights of women or to not pay us equally for equal work or prevent women of poverty to having access to quality health care and education for themselves and their children, and well, this is exactly what happens.
We don't get angry. We get even. We run for office.
We now have 20 powerful women in positions of legislative government power.
We could use more. We'll get more.
A woman's place is in the House. And Senate. And, Governor's mansion. And, Supreme Court.
And, anywhere she wants to be - including the White House.
Four more years!