A record number of women won seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in the 2008 election, a noteworthy event on many counts. While we have yet to reach parity, it is encouraging that the 111th Congress includes 17 women in the Senate and 75 women in the House, a new record for that chamber. Among the congresswomen are 12 African-Americans, seven Latinas, and two Asian-Americans. There are now eight women governors and nine women lieutenant governors across the country. State legislatures made significant gains as well, with New Hampshire becoming the first state where women make up a majority of the State Senate.
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