The election heralded in some pretty significant milestones for women in politics this year. In fact, this was a history-making election for women in the Senate. Prior to this year’s election we had 17 women senators. However, the 2012 elections took it even further. There are now a total of 20 women in the U.S. Senate, which is a record-breaking number.
Massachusetts elected their first female Senator in the state’s history this year when Democrat Elizabeth Warren beat out Republican Scott Brown. Nebraska also had their first full term female Senator elected. Republican Deb Fischer was elected into office and will be the first woman in the state to hold a full term in Senate.
There are other women in the Senate who are firsts of their kind as well. Hawaii elected the first Asian-American woman to Senate and Wisconsin the first openly gay female Senate member. As if having the most women in Senate in all history isn’t enough, New Hampshire went a step further. New Hampshire is the first and only state to have an entirely female delegation. The state’s House and Senate representation is all female, plus they also have the one and only Democratic female governor.
The victories for women were so great that white men will now be the minority in the House Democratic Caucus. With many Blue Dog Democrats not running for re-election, the female candidates swept the races and are now the majority in the House Democratic Caucus.
So with women holding a record number of Senate seats, an all-female delegation in New Hampshire, women majority in the House Democratic Caucus, the first Asian-American woman Senator, and first openly gay female Senator, how are women reacting to the decisions post-election?
The Zeno Group has some answers for us. They interviewed 194 women to take a pulse check on the post-election mood. Here is what they found.
- Mood of Mom: Nervous (34%), happy (27%) and indifferent (14%) are how moms categorized their feeling, post-election. One message that topped the list is that moms are relieved that Election 2012 is over.
- Moms Take Issue: Concerns about the economy (61%), jobs (19%) and healthcare (13%) topped moms’ list as the single most important issues facing the country into 2013. However, nearly 3 in 5 moms report that the election will unlikely impact their confidence that their family’s healthcare needs will be met.
- TV Ranked Supreme: Even though election night was the biggest event in Twitter history with a record setting 20 million tweets, moms reported tuning in to television (76%) and traditional news sources to get election news throughout the season.
- A Female President? Could the Clintons return to the White House? 87 percent of those surveyed expect to see a female President during their lifetime. Hillary Clinton topped the list as the most likely candidate to grace the Oval Office.
- The Future: 45% of moms with daughters report that they’re more optimistic about their daughters’ future today than before the election. Only 12% of moms with girls are feeling more pessimistic.
Check out this awesome infographic to go along with the Zeno Group findings. Are you surprised by any of their findings, or by the influx of women in the political realm?