According to the Center for the Eagleton Institute of Policy at Rutgers University, 243 women have secured their party’s candidacy for membership in the council, while their number is expected to increase pending primaries in 13 states, according to the center.
The center added that the previous record for the number of women candidates for membership in the Council was recorded in the midterm elections in 2018, when it reached 234 women.
The women who won their party’s nomination to run for the November 3 elections are divided into 74 Republicans and 169 Democrats, as the previous record for Republican women candidates was 53 in 2004, while 182 Democrats ran for the House elections in 2018.
In 2018, a record number of women and minority candidates were elected to Congress, while about a quarter of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives were held by women.
Nancy Pelosi, the current Democratic Speaker of the House, is the first woman to hold the position.
Pelosi presided over the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011, and returned to the presidency in the 2018 midterm elections when Democrats won the majority of the House seats.