Perry Law Commentary: Midterm Election Results are a Historic Win for Women

The midterm elections have created a shift in politics and a change on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, with more women taking a seat in Washington. 2018 has been a record year for the number of women candidates for offices of governor, U.S. House and U.S. Senate. This trend continued in the 2018 midterm elections.

According to the New York Times, at least 34 new women were elected to the U.S. House November 6, joining 66 female incumbents who were re-elected, for a total of at least 100 women.

A sizable number of them – 37 – are attorneys.

Known for being advocates for women’s issues, insurance trial litigators Meloney Perry and Stacy Thompson say it’s about time.

“This show of power comes after the battle of feminism has been hard-fought, and these 37 women lawyers are reaping the benefits of the women who came before,” said Ms. Perry. “Some were there at the beginning of the fight and some were not even born yet. Still, no longer will they be the ‘only woman’ in the boardroom or the courtroom or be mistaken as the court reporter. These 37 women will pave the way and inspire little girls who will view it as normal to have women in Congress, state Capitols and at all levels of the judiciary.”

Thompson adds this new shift signifies a change for current and future women leaders.

“The ideals and aspirations of these new leaders will likely ensure that change not only continues but accelerates at a rapid pace,” said Ms. Thompson. “Their mere presence and spirit will inspire so many other women to effect change in not only the legal profession, but in their own homes and communities as well.”