We can do it! OPEN SEATS/Congress
   November 8, 2016
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In 2016, 104 women (83+21) were elected to the 115th Congress, or 19.4 % overall -- NO INCREASE! There were 50 OPEN seats (depending on who's counting) in the House, and after the primaries there were only 19 women running for them in 18 of the districts (36%). Two (2+2) women beat incumbents in both the House and the Senate, while 8 women (6D, 2R) won OPEN seats. If women had been positioned by either party with adequate financial backing in all 50 OPEN seat races and only half (25) had won instead of 8, there would be 100 women in the House or 23%! Bottom line, one fewer women will serve in the House than last time. And here has been is NO significant increase for women in 12 years (3.9% since 2004/7 cycles)! The U.S is currently 100th in the world for electing women, or 116th if you count the ties.

In 2014, 104 women (84+20) were elected to the 114th Congress, or 19.4 % overall -- a measly 1.1% increase! There were 47 OPEN seats in the House, and after the primaries there were only 18 women running for them in 15 of the districts (32%). Only one (1) woman beat an incumbent, while 10 women (6D, 4R) won OPEN seats. If women had been positioned by either party with adequate financial backing in all 47 OPEN seat races and only half (24) had won instead of 10, there would be 95 women in the House or 22%! Bottom line is that each cycle there is NO significant increase for women (3.9% since 2004/6 cycles), and the U.S is currently 96th in the world for electing women, or 116th if you count the ties.

In 2012, 98 women (78+20) were elected to the 113th Congress, or 18.3% overall -- the "record number" representing a 1.7% increase in a redistricting year with about 13 more OPEN SEATS than 2010. Only 4 women beat incumbents, while 15 Women (see who below) won 27% of 54 OPEN SEATS, 10 more than 2010. 167 women ran in the General Election for 435 seats in the House. Bottom line: The U.S. is currently 78th in the world for electing women to lower houses of national government -- or #95 if you count the ties!

(In 2008, 90 women (voting members/73+17) were elected to the 111th U.S. Congress, or 16.8%. In 2010, 89 women (72+17) were elected to the 112th Congress, or 16.6% -- the first slide backwards since 1979 according to CAWP. If women had been properly positioned and supported by either or both parties to win House OPEN SEATS in 2010 -- as in "Every OPEN SEAT a Woman's Seat" -- and had won 50% (20) instead of just five, the percentage of women going to the 112th Congress would have gone from 16.8% to 19.6%.)

Past U.S. House OPEN SEATS statistics:
2004: 35 (11D, 14R)
2006: 31 (10D, 20R, 1I)
2008: 34 (7D, 27R)
2010: 41 (19D, 22R)
2012: 54 (redistricting)
2014: 47 (19D, 28R)
2016: 50 (19D, 31R)

        Whatever Happened to the Year of the Woman?

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