Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

20 Female Senators in 113th Congress

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The 113th Congress will have the most female senators of any Congress with 20 women representing their states.

Female candidates took seats in some of the most competitive races in the country, “Female candidates were a key part of the Democratic Party’s strategy to keep the Senate, with candidates like McCaskill, Baldwin and Warren in some of the most competitive races in the country,” as reported by the  Huffington Post.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports the newly formed landscape of female lawmakers, “Women made gains throughout the nation on Nov. 6 and will occupy a record 20 U.S. Senate seats in January, including five who won first terms — in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Nebraska and North Dakota. All will take seats held by men, and four of the five, including Democrats Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, are the first women elected to the office in their states.”

Of particular note is New Hampshire’s delegation which is a monumental moment for the country, “New Hampshire’s small size, legislative map and libertarian streak helped propel the women into the record books.”

New Hampshire is interesting not only for the number of female lawmakers but also for the reasons that women have become politically successful there. The Atlantic reports the unique size of the New Hampshire delegation and how that helps female representation,”The New Hampshire state legislature is the largest in the country — in fact, it’s the third largest in the world, after the U.S. Congress and British Parliament. Each member represents roughly 3,000 residents, a representative-to-voter ratio that ensures elections are largely won through meeting and personally persuading individual voters,” The Atlantic

As The Atlantic reports, as women become more prominent in political activism across the board, the path made for the upcoming female lawmakers will be in large part to the forerunners, “If one of the younger crew does indeed win election on a national ticket, the path the blazed for them by the activists-turned-public-servants will have played a vital role in their rise.”

 

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