Women in Leadership Recap: 117 Women Have Won Office

I was VERY excited to read the New York Times article that reported 117 women having won office in our most recent election.

I wanted to provide some of those stats below for your quick reference.

And even though women have far to go to have equal representation in Congress, we are on our way to doing so, nevertheless. 1 in 5 members of the 116th Congress will be women when sworn in next year.

So Here We Go:

  • At least 117 women were elected on Tuesday; 100 of them Democrats & 17 Republicans.

  • Of these 117, 42 are women of color

  • Women currently hold 84 of the House’s 435 seats. That number has already risen in this year’s election.

  • Women will at least hold 22 of the 100 Senate seats.

  • Women won 9 governorships out of 50; 6 currently serve

  • At least 10 more Congressional seats will be occupied by women

  • In 1992, “The Year of The Woman”, 54 women were elected to Congress. Tuesday? 250 women were on the ballot.

  • On the Democrat side of the House, 17 of their 27 seats will be filled by women

Congrats to Marsha Blackburn, who will be Tennessee’s first female Senator.

And here’s some inspiring quotes from some of the winners.

“When it comes to women of color candidates, folks don’t just talk about a glass ceiling; what they describe is a concrete one. But you know what breaks through concrete? Seismic shifts.” 
— Ayanna Pressley, who will become the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. She beat a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary and vowed to pursue “activist leadership” to advance a progressive agenda.

“In my family, there were no girl chores or boy chores. There’s just things to get done. So that’s what we’re going to do. I’ve got some big plans for this state.” 
— Kristi Noem, a Republican, will be the first female governor of South Dakota. She’s a four-term congresswoman who campaigned on her conservative record and her experience working on her family’s farm.

“We launched this campaign, because in the absence of anyone giving a clear voice on the moral issues of our time, then it is up to us to voice them.” 
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat from New York, became the youngest woman elected to Congress at age 29. She has never held elected office, and like Ms. Pressley, she defeated a Caucasian man who had served 10 terms in a Democratic primary.

How’s all THAT for progress?

You won’t hear me focus on one party or another anywhere ever. Mostly because I disagree with many things from both.

However, what I AM for is diversity. All different shades & ethnic backgrounds sitting in the House & the Senate and in our government, women AND men, a large spectrum of diverse backgrounds & childhood upbringings that inform worldviews, 20 something’s and 50 something’s, liberals & conservatives, middle-of-the-roaders, etc.

In my opinion, the most successful organizations AND government is built out of diverse perspectives all sitting at the same table.

What that does is force us to see things from perspectives other than our own to make better decisions for the good of all of us.

Now THAT’S a party.



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