By Peggy Simpson
November 7, 2012
Women claim the last word in the “war on women” election this year, with 55 percent backing Barack Obama and many progressive women winning House and Senate seats.
Women won record numbers of seats in Congress in the 2012 elections and voters sent a strong message that kidding around about rape will not be tolerated.
The election was vindication for dozens of women’s groups who formed a bipartisan effort more than a year ago to recruit and groom more women to run for office this year. This was a rare year of opportunity to elect more women: the first election after U.S. House districts seats were redrawn to reflect new Census data – creating dozens of seats with no incumbents – and a presidential election year, guaranteeing much interest and energy in the elections. . . .