In New Hampshire, Women Rule
All top leaders are female, highlighting a big night for political women
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2012 7:29 PM CST
Governor-elect Maggie Hassan thanks supporters with her husband, Tom, Tuesday, in Manchester, N.H.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

(Newser) – Female candidates fared well across the country yesterday, but perhaps nowhere better than in New Hampshire. As the Union Leader points out, all the state's top political jobs will soon belong to women for the first time: Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan, senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, and congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster. Elsewhere, as noted by AP and the Washington Post:

  • Heidi Heitkamp's upset win in North Dakota means that the Senate will have a record 20 women in January.
  • Rep. Mazie Hirono became the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate, and Hawaii's first female senator.
  • Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin became the first openly gay senator.
  • Elizabeth Warren became the first woman elected to a Senate seat in Massachusetts, while Claire McCaskill fended off Todd Akin in Missouri.
  • And let's not forget Roseanne.
"The result is a big win for all women, not just the female candidates," writes Amanda Marcotte at Slate. Issues important to female voters in general such as health care and education are likely to get a bigger push. Of course, all these female leaders now have a whole new problem, notes Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel: "How will they win the coveted 'man vote?'"

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Nov 8, 2012 3:49 AM CST
Oh guys, let's face it, while we are busy yakking and prognosticating about principles and ideals, our higher self (the wife, girlfriend,Mother,etc) just gets on with the practical things, the necessary things, the things that keep life moving forward and the children's future secure. I do most sincerely hope that the presence of so much feminine energy in the corridors of power will end the childish behavior of the over-rated and egotistical boy-men who have obstructed the nation's progress in these last 4 years.
Nov 8, 2012 1:05 AM CST
Exciting news! Here's to a future where this news is completely un-exciting :)
Nov 8, 2012 12:21 AM CST
There should be 50 women in the Senate. There should be 150 women in the House of Representatives. There should be a woman President. A black or hispanic woman President. Our country is no longer a white male dominated society, and I say this as a white man. President Obama has just won re-election for a second term, being this country's only bi-racial president to ever gain the office, let alone be re-elected. I voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries, but when Obama won the nomitation that year, I voted for him, not because I disliked John McCain, I really do respect him, but because I felt that that this country really needed some "Hope and Change". I was proud to vote for Barack Obama in 2008 , not because of his sex or race, but because of his agenda. And I was proud to do so again this year. I do have "hope" for America, let her lights shine through. One day in the future may people look back at this election and say "God Bless the USA".