"In district after district and led by a huge turnout from women voters, seats have been flipped - ousting Republicans who have failed their constituents and electing women at a record-setting pace to take their places", said Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily's List, a political organization that helps elect Democratic women.
Some of Tuesday's black female pioneers, like IL nurse and Democrat Lauren Underwood and CT teacher and Democrat Jahana Hayes, were first-time candidates.
In split-gender races, women have won 65 races and lost 101, but this is not necessarily a strong indication of gender bias.
In the House, 237 women were on the ballot as major-party candidates.
"This is a pretty exciting time because we will increase our numbers drastically and what I want for those women, I want them to serve in the majority on the Democratic side", said Mrs Pelosi of California.
Most recent Congressional elections have sent a record number of women to the House, but the gain has never been anywhere near the margin we can expect Wednesday morning.
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Asma Mohammed and Ashley Fairbanks celebrate as results come in at Democratic candidate Ilhan Omar's election night headquarters in Minneapolis on Tuesday. Also in the Senate, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator.
Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at her midterm election night party in New York City on Tuesday.
The former refugee, who won in Minnesota's left-leaning 5th Congressional District, defeated Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinksi. "And they are part of our path to it". The Democratic candidate ran with a campaign that said: "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office". A 29-year-old Latina will be the youngest woman to serve in the US House. "What's different this year is the whole pipeline's getting filled with women", Lake said. Democrats were galvanized by #MeToo movement, which helped attract female voters and recruit more women to run for office.
The new class of women elected to the 116th Congress will add gender and racial diversity to the body overall and to their state-level delegations. "Now they will do so in Congress in numbers America has never seen before".
Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic nomination in an upset primary against longtime incumbent Joe Crowley over the summer. American voters have elected many men in their 20s to Congress. And Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be Connecticut's first black congresswoman.
- Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar: America's first Muslim women in Congress. Tlaib ran unopposed in the general election, all but guaranteeing the former MI state legislator a seat in Congress. Omar is already a barrier breaker - in 2016, she became the first Somali American legislator in the country. This list of Democratic winners ranged from liberal sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in NY to Jennifer Wexton in Virginia and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Florida.