Tuesday’s results a big win for women

One of the post-election headlines this week is one that we think everyone in the nation should be celebrating: a historic number of women were elected to the Congress Tuesday.

About 100 women earned seats, with more than 33 being elected to the House of Representatives for the first time. That bests the previous record of 85, according to the Congressional Research Service. Two states–South Dakota and Maine–also elected female governors for the first time.

This is a win not just for women, but for everyone. Our government functions best if we have a true representation of the country. That means people from varied geographic areas, of varied ages, races, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions and genders. Everyone brings a different and valuable perspective to the table. We need women, we need members of the LGBTQ community, we need minorities–that’s the only way that our representatives are truly representing all of us.

In 2018, there are nearly 168 million women in the U.S., compared to about 161 million men. We should be working toward having an equal number of men and women serving us in Congress and in state and local government.

We’re not there yet, but Tuesday was a big step.