The 115th Congress was sworn in this week, and an impressive crop of new feminist women were among them—leaders who will take up the fight for women’s rights in the Senate and the House. There will be more women of color than ever in the U.S. House, and a diverse group of four women are making history as members of the Senate. Overall, women gained one seat in the Senate and lost one in the House this session—but there will be 10 new women House members, six of them women of color and two who defeated Republican incumbents to add to the net pickup of six seats for House Democrats.
Meet 11 of the new feminists in town.
This post is modified from a feature in our Fall 2016 issue. Reporting was contributed by Donna Decker, PH.D., Dianne Bartlow, PH.D., Julie R. Enszer, PH.D., Cheryl L. Radeloff, PH.D, Carmen Rios, Katy Howell, Melissa Scholke, Annette Semerdjian, Michele Sleighel and Lauren Young.