An all-time record number of women ran for — and won — Congressional races in 2018, breaking the record for the number of women serving in the the US Congress.
On election night, a record-breaking 103 women won election to Congress. Those 103 women, combined with 10 female Senators not up for re-election, make for a total of 113 women in Congress, beating the previous record of 107 women in Congress before the midterms.
Women won their primaries to become their respective parties’ nominees in 235, or 45%, of House races, breaking the 2016 record of 167.
And women were the major party nominees in 22, or 63%, of Senate races, beating the previous high of 18 set in 2012.
Female candidates out-preformed previous records at the state level, too.
Sixteen women were their parties’ gubernatorial nominees this year, breaking the previous record of 10 women in 1994. Another record 3,379 women were their parties’ nominees for state legislative seats.
Some scholars have compared the surge of women stepping up to run for office this year to “The Year of the Woman” in 1992, when record numbers of women ran for, and won, seats in the House of Representatives and US Senate following Anita Hill’s testimony against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for allegedly sexually harassing her.
“This year certainly has the potential to be another year of the woman,” Laurel Harbridge-Yong, a political scientist at Northwestern University, told Business Insider in September, adding that displeasure with Trump and the fallout from Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation “could mobilize white suburban women, a really key segment of the electorate, to vote for Democratic congressional candidates.”