Women in the House!

Yesterday's U.S. elections brought several key victories for women's rights. As the Democratic party regained control of the House of Representatives — for the first time in 12 years — Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is expected to become the first female speaker of the House! Control of the Senate is still undecided, as Democrats and Republicans watch two close races in Virginia and Montana .

This is one American step in the direction of Liberia and Chile, which have elected women as heads of state in the last year.

South Dakota failed to pass an encompassing piece of legislation which would have banned nearly all abortions in the state. And across the country, pro-choice advocates gained a number of allies.

Internationally the election is seen as a rejection of Bush politics.


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