The 2014 midterm election saw some historic gains by women. Here’s a few of them:


  • Alma Adams (D-N.C.) makes it 100 women serving in Congress. Because she won a special election to replace former Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), she won’t have to wait for January to be sworn in. When the new Congress arrives on Jan. 3, there are likely to be more than 100 women serving concurrently for the first time in congressional history.
  • Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) became the first women senators from their state.
  • Mia Love (R-Utah) became the first Republican black woman elected to the House.
  • Elise Stefanik (D-N.Y.), who is 30 years old, has become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
  • With Republicans controlling the Senate next year, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is poised to become chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
  • In the 2014 election, 51 percent of the people who voted were women, 49 percent were men, according to CNN.