The role of women in American politics has grown dramatically in recent years, and in 2019-2020, the 116th Congress will have its highest number of women in history, 102 in the House of Representatives, and 25 in the US Senate.
89 of the House women are Democrats, while 13 are Republicans, and in the Senate, 17 women are Democrats, and 8 are Republicans.
So 106 women in Congress are Democrats, as compared to 21 Republicans, nearly five times the rate among Democrats as compared to Republicans.
Every state except four have had Congresswomen, the only exceptions being Alaska, Iowa, North Dakota and Vermont, but with the first three having elected Senators, so only Vermont has never had a woman represent the state in Congress.
Nearly 38 percent of Democrats in the House of Representatives are women, while only 6.5 percent of Republicans are women.
About the same percentage, 38 percent, of Democrats in the Senate are women, while about 14 percent of Republicans are women.Â
35 Democratic women were elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018, to just 1 Republican woman, an amazing statistic.
2 Democratic women were elected to the Senate in November 2018, to just 1 Republican,Â plus 1 Republican appointed to fill a seat to 2020.
So clearly,Â the Democrats are the party of women by vast margins, as compared to Republicans.
The longest serving Congresswoman ever, Marcy Kaptur, Democrat of Ohio, has served 36 years and will start her 19th term in January.
Nancy Pelosi, the past and future Speaker of the House, is starting her 17th term in Congress, having served 32 years.
And this all began with Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana, elected to serve in 1917-1918, and sponsoring the woman suffrage 19th Amendment.