But more important may be the unconventional paths they’ve taken to get there.
Women ran for office in unprecedented numbers, mostly as Democrats, and many were first-time candidates.
We asked a dozen Democrat and Republican women about President Trump and this election. This is what they said.
“I’m glad that Dr. Ford was heard,” the first lady said after visiting the pyramids in Cairo.
Although the first lady’s trip is considered a goodwill gesture, it appears to Trump administration critics as out of step with her husband’s policies.
Thirty-seven years after leaving office, Jimmy Carter, 93, still bypasses the wealth and perks that flow so freely to other former presidents.
The president harshly criticizes them for what he sees as soft policies and then follows up with lavish personal praise.
The ads create buzz and draw in money from far beyond the district’s borders.
The former president will try to draw attention and boost turnout in competitive contests.
"President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation,” the U.N. ambassador told CNN.