Women were major players in Senate races from New Hampshire to Georgia to Iowa and Kentucky. They were key contenders for governor's seats in at least nine states. They brought their unique perspectives to the political and policy debates from state legislatures to the U.S. Senate.
The glass cliff is defined as companies tapping women leaders in times of crisis, when the odds are stacked against anyone's success. Marissa Mayer taking the reins at Yahoo is the most recent and high-profile example. The experience isn't specific to women in business, however.
Rhode Island's General Treasurer Gina Raimondo's politically courageous efforts to reform her state's broken $14.8 billion public pension system are a high-stakes example of lofty political leadership that deserves accolades.