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Female candidates big winners on election night in Pennsylvania

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It was a record setting election night for women as their influence in national and statewide politics grows stronger.

Some people are dubbing the 2018 election as “The Year of the Woman.”

“I’m excited. I’m very excited,” said Representative Carol Hill-Evans, (D) 95th District.

Representative Hill-Evans is part of a movement. The democrat won her second-term in the State House, representing the people of the 95th District.

Females faired well in York County, taking home four of the nine spots in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

“We have a voice as women. We have issues that really matter to us, not because someone tells us these are issues should be important but because they really genuinely are,” Representative Hill-Evans said.

“This was a remarkable set of candidates and so many of them won in historic races,” said author Rebecca Traister.

“The Year of the Woman” swept across the nation yesterday. In all, 114 women were elected to federal office, 94 to the House, 12 to the Senate and eight Governors.

“So much of this has come out of a protest culture, an activists culture. Some of this is new. Some of this is happening in the wake of 2016 when Donald Trump won,” Traister said.

Pennsylvania was one of the leaders in female influence. Four women, all from the Philadelphia area, were elected to Congress. Those new House members were the first women in the 18-person Pennsylvania Congressional contingent since 2015.

“We left no stone un-turned. We want to have voices in every facet of government and so yeah us,” Rep. Hill-Evans said.

And with this new representation comes a new focus on issues like healthcare, women’s rights and the environment. Representative Hill-Evans believes this is not the end of the surge.

“I think it’s a good starting place. And I don’t think it’s over yet. I really don’t,” she said.

Right now, women only occupy 48 out of the 253 seats in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. That number puts the state 46th in gender parity according to Chatham University’s Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics. Many hope this election will push those numbers to change.

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