Last week, a record number of new congresswomen were officially sworn into their positions to begin the 113th Congressional session.
One hundred women will be filling the seats of Congress in the new session. The total number of women holding seats in the House of Representatives is now 80, up from 77 in the last Congressional session. In the Senate, women hold 20 seats in the new Congress, up from 17 in the last session.
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is the first openly gay member of the Senate.
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) is the first Asian-American woman elected to the US Senate.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is the first woman ever elected to the US Senate from the state of Massachusetts.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) is an Iraq War veteran who worked in the Obama administration.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) is the first Hindu ever elected to the US House.
While the gains in the number of women in Congress are a major achievement in gender equality, women are still not sufficiently represented in the legislature. Despite being half the population, women only compromise about 20% of Congress.
Media Resources: New York Times 1/3/2013; Reuters 1/3/2013; Feminist Daily Newswire 11/7/2012
7/24/2014 From Passion to Progress Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists - Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) staff, two congresswomen, and over a hundred DC interns came together yesterday for FMF's Intern Student/Activist briefing in Dirksen Senate building to discuss how to put a women's rights agenda into action.
Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal. . . .