Cue the “ladies’ night” headlines. Less than 24 hours after the 2012 election ended, the overwhelming takeaway is that women were the real winners last night.
There’s a lot to celebrate. At least twelve new women were elected to the House. Tammy Duckworth made it through a sexist campaign waged against her in Illinois. Up-and-comers like Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema and Connecticut’s Elizabeth Esty won hotly contested seats. Indiana elected two women (both Republicans) to Congress for the first time in history. South Carolina’s State Senate is no longer 100 percent male. Women will comprise a majority of Hawaii’s congressional representation, and New Hampshire made history with the first all-female delegation — and a woman governor, Maggie Hassan, to boot. (When she’s inaugurated, America will have five women governors; all oppose abortion rights.)