11/07/2014 09:04 am ET Updated Nov 07, 2014

Why The Midterms Were Bad News For Women

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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.

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