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Definitive Moments of American Women in Politics

During 2014's midterm elections, Alma Adams made history. The North Carolina Democrat defeated Republican Vince Coakley to join 79 women in the House and 20 in the Senate, making this the record number of women in U.S. Congress. According to Policy Mic, the number of women serving in both state legislatures and U.S. Congress has steadily increased over the past 34 years. 

Congresswoman Adams continues a legacy of women--past and present--who fight for equal representation and real democracy in American government. In the gallery above meet women who shaped political views today, from Margaret Chase Smith of Maine to Barbara Mikulski of Maryland.