How a Record Number of Women Won Senate Seats

A number of women were recruited and groomed for political office.

Female senators-elect Mazie Hirono of Hawaii (upper left), Deb Fischer of Kansas (upper right), Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota (lower left) and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin (lower right).
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"We're thrilled," Schriock said on Wednesday, just before Heidi Heitkamp was declared winner in North Dakota, becoming the 20th woman elected to the Senate this year. "But we have a long way to go here."

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