There Will Be More Women in Congress Than Any Other Time in U.S. History

There Will Be More Women in Congress Than Any Other Time in U.S. History
Adams For Congress
Adams For Congress

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.