The Senate unanimously voted to end the “good soldier” defense—meaning a sergeant could cite his or her fine military record as a defense if charged with sexual assault. The bipartisan plan was devised by three female senators: Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Deb Fischer (R-NE).
How many Latinas are in the Senate? None. And there's never been any. And in Congress, of the 78 women, there are only nine Latinas. And there's only been one Latina governor--New Mexico's Susana Martinez.
It's a clear sign of political progress. There are so many women in the Senate now, there are too few stalls and the Capitol has to add more to accommodate the Ladies of the Higher Chamber.
In this new Congress, the gender chasm between both major parties is even more stark: Of the 20 women set to serve in the U.S. Senate come 2013, 16 are Democrats; of the 78 women in the House, 58 are Democrats. But Democratic women have indicated a desire to collaborate with their female colleagues across the aisle. Is cooperation possible with respect to the Paycheck Fairness Act, an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that was rejected by the Senate this past June?