The number of female candidates to win seats in the US House of Representatives in the elections next November has reached a record high, the Center for Women and Politics announced on Friday.
A total of 243 women have secured their party’s candidacy for council membership, according to the Center for the Eagleton Institute of Policy at Rutgers University, and their numbers are expected to increase pending primaries in 13 states.
The center added that the previous record for the number of female candidates for membership in the House of Representatives was recorded in the midterm elections in 2018, when it reached 234 women.
The women who won their party’s nomination to run in the November 3 elections are divided into 74 for Republicans and 169 for Democrats.
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The previous record for Republican women candidates was 53 in 2004, while 182 Democratic women candidates ran for the House in 2018.
In 2018, a record number of women and minority candidates were elected to Congress.
Figures show that about a quarter of the House of Representatives' 435 seats are held by women, of which 88 are from the Democratic Party and 13 from the Republican Party.
It is noteworthy that Nancy Pelosi, the current Democratic Chair of the Council, is the first woman to hold this position.
Pelosi presided over the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011, and returned to the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections, when Democrats won a majority of the House seats.