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The number of women running for Congress is at a record high

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The Republicans retained control of both the House and the Senate

WATCH  |  No matter who takes the presidency, women are poised to win big this election cycle.

It's a big year for women

And while Hillary Clinton's candidacy on the top of the ballot is historical, a record number of women are running for congress.

"Hopefully it becomes this virtuous cycle where more women run, more women succeed and then more women are encouraged to run," Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, told Vice.


The U.S. House of Representatives

This election, there are 167 women running for seats in the House of Representatives. When the polls close, we could see as many as 89 women in the House, up from the 84 currently serving.

The U.S. Senate

In the Senate, women hold 20 seats. At this point, that number could be bumped to as many as 23 positions. This would mark the highest number of women serving in the Senate in U.S. history.

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Pedestrians walk past a sidewalk message depicting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a few blocks from her planned election night rally in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Reaching for equality

These big gains could make it the year that women break the 20 percent threshold as far as representation in congress goes.

However, it's still far below the percentage of women in the general population and certainly not an equal representation as men will keep the majority of these seats.


Still, you can consider the glass ceiling almost shattered.

Pantsuits and stickers

Pantsuit-clad voters hit the polls in a nod to Clinton's favorite mode of dress.


And from a 107-year-old voter who was born before women gained the right to vote to voters who turned up at Susan B. Anthony's tombstone to pay tribute to her efforts in the struggle for suffrage, this election was certainly chock full of girl power.

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