From earning the right to vote to representing the country in the Senate and House, women in the United States have come a long way. As the 2012 election results surfaced last week, CNN reported on the record-breaking number of women representing their states in the new U.S. Senate, exemplifying how women continue to grow and expand their role in U.S. politics.
Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, representing North Dakota, will top the number of women in the 100-seat chamber at 20 for the first time in history. Massachusetts and Hawaii have also chosen female representatives for the first time, electing Elizabeth Warren and Mazie Hirono, respectively. They will join Missouri’s Senator Claire McCaskill and Wisconsin’s newly elected Tammy Baldwin.
In 1922, the U.S. Senate saw its first woman representative, even if just for a day, and in 1992, named the Year of the Woman, only seven women representatives held Senate seats.
With women taking a more prominent role in politics we find ourselves, as a woman-owned business, reflecting on how this impacts other women striving toward a new goal, whether personal or professional. NBC News even reported for the first time in history there are more women drivers than men. Women, who are usually a minority in the business world, are steadily escaping the stigma by proving themselves worthy of achieving goals with their talents and skills.
These influential and motivated women inspire us at A. Bright Idea every day and we’re proud to continue the trend of empowering women to leave their own mark in the world around them.