MAKING HISTORY: Women Make History in Senate and New Hampshire

A BIG thank you to the women who took on the U.S. political establishment last night and secured historic victories. Of note is an incredibly telling victory in New Hampshire, which is now the first and only state with an all female congressional delegation:

Serving in the U.S. House from New Hampshire:
Ann McLane Kuster (D)
Carol Shea-Porter(D)

Taking their seats in the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire (unseating two male challengers)

Kelly Ayotte (R)
Jeanne Shaheen (D)


New Hampshire’s Governor is Maggie Hassan (D)

In the U.S. Senate, 20 women will serve in the 113th Congress, up from 17.

Newly Elected:

Mazie Hirono (D) Hawaii

Elizabeth Warren (D) Massachusetts

Deb Fischer (R) Nebraska

Heidi Heitkamp (D) North Dakota* (too close to call, but we’re hopeful)

Tammy Baldwin (D) Wisconsin


Maria Cantwell (Wash.)

Dianne Feinstein (D) California

Kirsten Gillibrand (D) New York

Amy Klobuchar (D) Minnesota

Claire McCaskill (D) Missouri

Debbie Stabenow (D) Michigan

Currently Serving:

Patty Murray (D) Washington

Lisa Murkowski (R) Alaska

Dianne Feinstein (D) California

Barbara Boxer (D) California

Susan Collins (R) Maine

Mary Landrieu (D) Louisiana

Jeanne Shaheen (D) New Hampshire

Kelly Ayotte (R) New Hampshire

Kay Hagen (D) North Carolina

You’ve come a long way, . Madam Senator.


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  1. kvscott


    Thanks, Patricia!

  2. Angel

    Interesting thoughts on this topic. I, mlysef, am conflicted by the whole topic and am not entirely sure what the right answers are. I didn’t really react the same way that you did to Tenant’s article, but I can certainly understand your point. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be judged solely based upon one’s talent? I would even like to believe that this is possible. However, men and women are different and group dynamics are different depending upon the gender make-up of the group. I mlysef have to admit to feeling extremely uncomfortable in most groups made up of all males. Is that my issue or is it because of the attitude of the group? I would venture to guess that both can play a role (although I do know that I have issues).I find it fascinating that many colleges have found that having women live in dorms with men cuts down on the vandalism rates (I can’t say if this counts as a civilizing influence) and reduces the number of reported problems in the dorm. In these cases, the presence of women has a definite impact. What I really wonder is how men see this? Do they actually see the presence of women as a civilizing influence or as something else? As women, we can’t tell men how to feel about the influence of women on conferences, etc. I agree with Meredith that assessing our own assumptions leads to some interesting revelations. Are we as women doing ourselve a disservice if we are more willing to contribute, collaborate or participate in events sponsored by women?

  3. kvscott

    Great points, Angel. If you want to know how men feel, it might be interesting to note that John Boehner named only one woman to chair a committee – Rep. Candice Miller is now the chair of the House Administration Committee. Absurd! Basically, she’s in charge of making sure “the House runs efficiently and smoothly…” Basically a job stereotypically done by women. Tiny steps is definitely a mantra for women in politics. We are 51% of the population, make as much as 90% of purchasing decisions and we are still not represented equally. This was one of my favorite posts about how unequal women are treated to men in politics – We are expected to be perfect and brilliant, but the men can be idiots and still they get elected. Having said that, I want to be clear that I am not a feminist. I am a woman, a mom, a daughter and a sister and I believe that putting labels on us dissolves the argument of why we should be in congress. It gives us a vote, a vote equal to every other person elected.

    Thanks again, Angel.


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