Record Number of Female Congressional Candidates

According to data from the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics, women hold 90, or 16.8%, of the 535 seats in the 111th US Congress — 17, or 17.0%, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 73, or 16.8%, of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. In addition, three women serve as Delegates to the House from Guam, the Virgin Islands and Washington, DC.

Further data this year reveals that there has been a surge in female candidates for Congress—there are 239 female candidates for the House and 31 for the Senate. These numbers represent a record high and even surpass the previous precedent set in 1992, the “Year of the Woman,” in which there were 222 women who ran for the House and 29 for the Senate.

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