WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A record number of women are serving in Congress.
For the first time ever, women are now representing Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Before a Capitol Hill Friday photo opportunity with fellow Democratic congresswoman, Representative Cindy Axne (D-IA) said she is sending a message.
Axne said, “To show women in Iowa, young girls, that we need their voices and we hope that they come join us out here someday.”
Axne and Representative Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) were elected last November, both are the first Iowan women elected to the House.
Axne said, “I think for Abby and I both, it’s a momentous occasion to kind of break through that barrier.”
Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos helped Axne and Finkenauer on the campaign trail, and Friday she said she wants to build off those historic wins.
Bustos said, “I will not be satisfied until the makeup of Congress represents the makeup of our country. Which would require, by the way, having 51-percent women.”
Right now, women hold 102 of the 435 House seats. While a record number, that makes up about 23-percent of the chamber.