Nov 8, 2018

We're still not even close to gender parity in Congress

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Data: Brookings Institution, Center of American Women and Politics; Note: As of Nov. 8 at 9:55 am ET; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

We've told you before that 2018 is the year of the Democratic woman, and this chart shows the result for the next Congress: The influx of women, mostly Democrats, will give an ever so slight boost to the number of women serving on Capitol Hill.

  • 117 women were elected in the Nov. 6 midterms, including 96 to the House and 12 to the Senate. In addition, 9 women were elected governor.

Why it matters: Even with a record number of women who ran and won this cycle, we're still not even close to reaching gender parity in Congress. And the Republican Party will actually have fewer women in the House than they do now. Eight GOP congresswomen are not returning — two retired, three ran for higher office and three lost their re-election bids.

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