Under the dark cloud of Tuesday’s Republican victories, many women pointed out a silver lining: For the first time ever, Americans are now represented by more than 100 women in Congress.
“That is a milestone,” says Kelly Dittmar, a professor at the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University. But don’t get too excited. Until recently, we had 99 women in Congress, and if you count non-voting delegates, we’ve been above 100 for awhile now. “It’s tough for us to celebrate when it’s only an increase of one,” Dittmar says. Pending the outcomes of a few more races, the count could rise as high as 105. Not exactly a landslide.