It’s Not Enough to Just Break Records in the 117th Congress

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Until we address the problems with our electoral system and implement institutional strategies to correct it, women will continue to be severely underrepresented at every level of elected office, including Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a Thursday press conference. (Screenshot from CBS)

After being re-elected as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi addressed the 117th Congress on Jan. 3, saying “It gives me great pride to serve as speaker of the most diverse House in the history of our country—with a record-shattering 122 women.”

The 117th Congress has already made history with record numbers of women, women of color and Republican women serving:

  • 118 women will serve as voting representatives in the House, plus four additional non-voting delegates; 52 are women of color.
  • 25 women were sworn into the Senate, four are women of color. However, these…

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