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Remember the name Alma Adams: The North Carolina Democrat just made history.

Adams — who defeated Republican Vince Coakley in a special election in North Carolina's 12th district on Tuesday night, and who will be sworn in in a few days — will join 79 women in the House of Representatives and 20 women in the Senate (an all-time high) to become the 100th woman concurrently serving in Congress, according to Emily's List.

As Mic's Becca Stanek notes, Adams' victory is part of a larger trend of increased female representation in Congress.

This trend goes well beyond Congress. State legislatures across the country have increased female membership over the past 40 years:

America is ready: As Stanek noted, a Gallup poll from July revealed that 63% of Americans believe the country would be governed more effectively with more women in positions of power.