According to the Center for American Women in Politics:
"More women than ever will serve in both houses of Congress, even though the numbers of candidates were not all-time highs," observed CAWP director Debbie Walsh. "Many women were nominated for winnable seats, so more women won. Along with incumbents seeking re-election, we saw women contending for competitive open seats and challenging vulnerable incumbents. This year women were positioned for success, not merely offered up by parties as 'sacrificial lambs.' "Yes, yes. I realize the title is a bit presumptuous, but I have to think that Hillary's historic candidacy helped in shifting the mindset of voters to accept qualified female candidates and therefore, electing them! While the post-election punditry is justifiably focused on Obama and the historical inroads on race in the U.S., I hope we will all circle back to the amazing gains for women in the 2008 Election.