Record number of women appear headed toward Congress

“A record number of women appeared headed to Congress after Tuesday’s election. Overwhelmingly, they are Democrats critical of the direction President Trump is taking the country,” as the Washington Post is reporting.

“’There will be a historic number of women walking into Congress in January,’ said Stephanie Schriock, the president of Emily’s List, an influential Democratic-leaning group that supports women in politics. ‘The only question now is whether it will be a good night or a great night for women.’

“Women have never held more than 20 percent, or 107, of the 535 seats in Congress, the current number.

“That percentage is lower than in many other countries, from Mexico to Britain, and is seen as a reason the United States has never elected a female president.

“But late Tuesday night as results were still coming in, that record was on pace to be broken. Women ran for office in unprecedented numbers, mostly as Democrats and many as first-time candidates.

“Women made inroads in gubernatorial races, too, which are particularly important because of the upcoming redistricting battles.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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