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- Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is the first openly gay member of the Senate.
- Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) is the first Asian-American woman elected to the US Senate.
- Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is the first woman ever elected to the US Senate from the state of Massachusetts.
- Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) is an Iraq War veteran who worked in the Obama administration.
- Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) is the first Hindu ever elected to the US House.
While the gains in the number of women in Congress are a major achievement in gender equality, women are still not sufficiently represented in the legislature. Despite being half the population, women only compromise about 20% of Congress.
Media Resources: New York Times 1/3/2013; Reuters 1/3/2013; Feminist Daily Newswire 11/7/2012
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