The number of women in Congress hits a record high after 2018 midterm elections

By press time, at least 92 had won in the House and 10 had won in the Senate (joining 10 already in the upper chamber) for a total of 112 women — the most women to serve in Congress at once in history. (The previous record was 107.)Women also hit a series of significant milestones. Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids are the first Native American women elected to Congress. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women set to represent their states in the House. And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abby Finkenauer are due to be the youngest women to serve as lawmakers.

So the U.S. is now at about 20% (112 or 535)… still one of the lower percentages in the world. About there with Mauritania and Pakistan. Much more work to do for gender equality.

Source: The number of women in Congress hits a record high after 2018 midterm elections. – Vox

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Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.
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