2021: A historic year for women in politics


(The Hill) — Women made gains up and down the ballot in 2021, previewing what could be another record-breaking year for female candidates running for office in the 2022 midterm elections. 

In large-scale mayoral races, women saw victories in Boston and Durham, N.C., while women also won in 2021’s two lieutenant gubernatorial races. Women also continued to sweep in special congressional races and state legislature races. 

The gains made in 2021 follow historic wins from Republican and Democratic female candidates in 2018 and 2020. The trend is expected to continue going into the midterms. 

“Women are a good investment for the parties, and now it’s on both sides of the aisle,” said Debbie Walsh, the director of the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University, which is celebrating its 50th year tracking and researching women in U.S. politics. 

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