Thought Leadership: We Voted
It was a good night for women in the election booth - we voted at higher numbers, we won at numbers never before seen, and we are hopeful that good public policy will take a front seat to the bitter partisan politics of recent years.
We believe: When women are in leadership, the results are always better, by many metrics.
So how did we do, by the numbers?
- We will see over 110 women in Congress, or about a fifth
- Women were on the ballot for Governor in 15 states, and nine won, including two who are the first women Governors in their state (Yeah Maine!)
- Not only did women win in record numbers, they accounted for a host of other "firsts" as well: the two youngest Members of Congress (both 29); two Native Americans; two Muslims; and 40 women going to the House are women of color
If we learn anything from history, this is an historical event, and one that bodes well for the future. As Governor-Elect Mills said last night “Tonight, I do hope this election sends a powerful signal and message to women and girls of any age. There is no obstacle you can’t overcome – none.” We firmly believe that, too.