Huffpost Politics

GOP Tide Could Reduce The Ranks Of Women In Congress

Posted: Updated:
Print Article

With this fall's midterm elections, the number of women serving in Congress could drop for the first time in a generation -- a twist on a political season many had dubbed "the year of the woman."

If large numbers of Democratic incumbents lose in November, as expected, many women could be replaced by men. Female candidates tend to do better in Democratic years, and 2010 is shaping up as a successful year for Republicans.

Women now hold 90 seats in Congress: 69 are Democrats and 21 are Republicans. After the November election, Congress could end up with as many as 10 fewer female members, prognosticators now say, the first backslide in the uninterrupted march of women to Washington since 1978.

Read the whole story at Los Angeles Times

Around the Web

Women in Washington, your seats are at risk

If Murkowski Loses, Republican Leadership Could Be All Male

Think Progress » Sen. Feinstein: If Congress were all women, we ...