A record number of women is slated for the next Congress as enough female candidates have won victories this week as the vote continues for many congressional races.
At least 131 women, made up of 100 Democrats and 31 Republicans, will be in the 117th Congress, according to figures released Thursday afternoon by Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), which tracks political participation by women in the United States take part. reported The Hill.
The number is a small leap from the record set by the current Congress, which started with 127 women in early 2019.
So far, 106 female candidates, including 83 Democrats and 23 Republicans, have won their races in the House of Representatives, which, according to the CAWP, has surpassed the record of 102 women elected to the House for the current Congress. However, that number could soon change as 29 races have not yet been called.
According to The Hill, 583 women ran for the house that year, which is more than 20 percent of the 2018 high when 476 women ran. Although the record in 2018 was largely due to Democratic women, the increase this year was partly due to Republican women, while Democratic women maintained their high numbers for the past two years.
For the Senate, the CAWP announced that as of Thursday afternoon, only 25 women will serve in the chamber, including 17 Democrats and eight Republicans. However, that number could also decline until the election results for Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris and Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden are on.
According to the CAWP, the record for women in the Senate was set with 26 women during the ongoing Congress.
“Progress for women must come from both sides of the aisle if women are to achieve equal representation in Congress,” The Hill quoted Debbie Walsh, director of political unity.