Wednesday, November 7, 2012
american woman proud.
oh, what a night . . .
what a ladies' night!!
last night, american women — voters & candidates alike —
kicked some serious patriotic ass, & yes, gentlemen — we took names.
on election day 2012:
:: women made up about 54% of the electorate.
:: 55% of women voted for barack obama. 44% of women voted for mitt romney.
:: the total gender gap added up to 18% in president obama's favor —
an expansion of over 30% since his 2008 election.
:: the 113th u.s. congress will include 20 women senators,
the most ever in u.s. history [we're currently at 17].
:: 5 new women senators were elected — 4 democrats + 1 republican —
while all 6 democratic women incumbents were re-elected.
:: a record number of women candidates ran for both
the u.s. senate & the u.s. house of representatives.
:: in massachusetts, democrat elizabeth warren became her state's
first woman u.s. senator, winning over incumbent republican scott brown
in the most expensive senate race nationwide — at more than $70 million.
:: in new hampshire, the first-ever all-women delegation was elected —
their 2 women u.s. senators [1 dem, 1 rep] will be joined by
2 democratic women congressional representatives, as well as
governor maggie hassan, who will be the only woman democratic governor in 2013.
:: in missouri, democratic senator claire mccaskill won re-election
against republican representative todd akin, who infamously said
pregnancy rarely results from a "legitimate" rape.
:: in indiana, democratic representative joe donnelly won a senate seat
against republican richard mourdock, who infamously called
pregnancy resulting from rape "something god intended to happen."
:: in nebraska, republican deb fischer became her state's
first full-term woman u.s senator, winning over democrat bob kerrey.
:: in wisconsin, democratic representative tammy baldwin became our country's
first openly gay senator & her state's first woman u.s. senator,
winning over republican former governor tommy thompson. her house seat goes to
assemblyman mark pocan, also an openly gay democrat.
:: in hawai'i, democrat mazie hirono became our country's
first asian-american woman u.s. senator, winning over
republican former governor linda lingle.
:: also in hawai'i, democrat tulsi gabbard became our country's
first practicing hindu ever elected to the u.s. house, winning over
republican kawika crowley. gabbard intends to take her oath of office next january over
a bhagavad gita, a sacred text for followers of the vaishnava branch of hindu.
image source: women for obama.