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Republicans may have painted the town red Tuesday following the 2014 midterm elections, but we’re not congratulating the real winners on whether they wore blue or red to the voting booth.

Women actually stole the show Tuesday, making history and changing a largely white, middle-aged male pool of politicians into something a little more diverse. First, history was made when Democrat Alma Adams became the 100th woman in the 113th Congress, replacing Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.).

Let us repeat — for the first time in history, there are 100 women in Congress.

From the Huffington Post:

Before Tuesday, there were 20 women senators and 79 congresswomen. The make-up of the 114th Congress will be determined after all of Tuesday’s races are called, but the number is unlikely to stay at 100.

“Alma Adams is a trailblazer and champion for women and families who is now poised to make history as the 100th woman serving in Congress,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, a progressive PAC dedicated to electing women who support abortion rights.

“Working families need leaders like Alma, who will unapologetically fight to protect women’s reproductive healthcare access and economic security. And with the help of the EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – Alma is on her way to igniting change in Congress.”

The second history maker? Republican Mia Love, an African-American woman who defeated her Democratic opponent Doug Owens to represent Utah’s 4th congressional district, becoming the first black female Republican elected to Congress.

 From the Wall Street Journal:

Love fell short in a close 2012 race against Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, who declined to run for re-election this time. Running in the same district, Ms. Love defeated Democrat Doug Owens by 64,390 votes to 60,165 votes, or 50% to 47%.

“This is a great night for our nation. It is especially a great night for Utah,” Ms. Love told supporters. Referring to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon Church, she went on, “Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black, Republican, LDS woman to Congress. And guess what? Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it.”

Ms. Love, a former mayor of Saratoga Springs in Utah, is of Haitian-American descent and a convert to Mormonism. She gave a rousing speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in September 2012 and was heralded by party operatives as a rising star.

And then there’s this. Elise Stefanik, a 30-year-old Republican, became the youngest women ever elected to Congress when she defeated Democrat Aaron Woolf, securing the House seat vacated by Democrat Bill Owens in New York’s 21st congressional district.

From CBS:

Stefanik had been rising in the polls after having spent months hitting the pavement, holding rallies and going door-to-door in what is geographically one of the largest districts east of the Mississippi.

As a “millennial” herself who won the GOP nomination at the tender age of 29 years old, Stefanik reaped the benefits of a year in which young voters who were expected to turn out at the polling places suggested a lean toward Republicans. She said she sees her youthful persona as boon and expects to use it to her advantage in the halls of Congress.

“I’m really interested in having a conversation with other new millennial candidates, hopefully, whether they’re Republican or Democrat, about our nation’s debt and spending – because my generation will inherit the spending,” Stefanik said.

Read more of Stefanik’s story here.

We congratulate all the women who won big Tuesday night and in the process, changed history as we know it.

SOURCE: WSJ, Huffington Post  | VIDEO SOURCE: News Inc.