In April 2012, our now two-term President Barack Obama asked: “Is it possible that Congress would get more done if there were more women in Congress?” Answering his own question, he continued, “I think it’s fair to say: That is almost guaranteed.”
There is no doubt that this year’s election impacted women more than any other group of people. With something as important as reproductive rights on the line, having our voices heard and represented isn’t just a wish; it’s a necessity. While we’re all still reeling over Obama’s climb to the top again, we can’t help but notice the end of the so-called “war on women.”
This year’s Senate and House of Representatives elections have set records in terms of race, gender and sexual orientation. Come January, the 113th U.S. Congress will have more female senators than ever before. Here’s to the Vixens that knocked down the walls built in the past to create our bright future.–Nicole Brown
Baldwin, a Wisconsin democrat, now represents the usually red state in the Senate. Besides being the first woman ever to represent, she is also the first openly gay seat holder.
Mitt Romney and his republican cohorts couldn’t even win at home base. Elizabeth Warren’s attacks on Wall Street catapulted her to a Senate seat quicker than Republican Scott Brown.
Obama’s home state of Hawaii also has reason to celebrate the year of the women. U.S. Representative Hirono will fill former Senator Daniel Akaka’s seat as the first Asian-American women to hold her position.
It may be one of our country’s smallest states, but it is making the most strides when it comes to moving forward. New Hampshire is the only state to be completely represented by women in both the House and Senate. Kelly Ayote (R; pictured above) and Jeanne Shaheen (D) represent the Senate, while Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster took the House seats from their male republican counterparts. Democrat Maggie Hassan will also assume the role of governor come January.
Missourian McCaskill made women everywhere cheer when she defeated Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin for a Senate seat. We can breath a sigh of relief now.