Nine new Democratic women have joined the 117th Congress. Two defeated male incumbents in their Democratic primary races. Four are women of color. Three flipped seats in the South from red to blue.
As a whole, they support paid family and medical leave, affordable quality child care, the Paycheck Fairness Act and LGBTQ equality, as well as ending the wage gap and raising wages for the largely female caregiving work force. Many see long-standing feminist economic empowerment policies, such as paid leave and universal child care, as pillars of a society that values care work and caregiving.