Last night’s election marked a very important milestone.
10 women were elected or re-elected to the Senate, bringing us to a record total of 20 female senators in Congress.
Among them: Mazie Hironom, the first Asian American woman elected to the Senate; and Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay person elected to the Senate.
In addition to McCaskill, all five of the other Democrat women up for Senate reelection — Sens. Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) — won their races.
Elizabeth Warren was elected into her first Senate term in Massachusetts, beating Republican Sen. Scott Brown and becoming the first female Senator from the state. “To all the women across Massachusetts who are working your tails off, you better believe we’re gonna fight for equal pay for equal work,” she said in a wonderfully enthusiastic victory speech.
In Wisconsin, Democrat Tammy Baldwin became both the first woman in Wisconsin and the first openly gay candidate in America (!) to be elected into the Senate. Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer and Hawaii Democrat Mazie Hirono were also elected into their first Senate terms — bringing the total count of female Senators in the 113th Congress up to 19, up from 17 currently and the most ever in U.S. history.
Amazing. Congratulations, ladies!
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