01/03/17 – Women Score Several ‘Firsts’ in U.S. Government in 2017

Catherine Cortez Masto will make history when she shows up to serve in the U.S. Senate in 2017. She isn't alone. (© AP Images)

January 3, 2017

Hillary Clinton may have lost her bid to be the first female president, but elsewhere in the U.S., women in the 2016 elections made historic inroads at all levels of government: federal, state and local.

“It is impossible to deny the substantial progress women have recently made in government and politics,” says Jennifer L. Lawless, director of American University’s Women & Politics Institute in Washington.

In 2017, a record number of minority women will enter the U.S. Senate, and there are more female state legislators. Meet some of them.

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