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The year of women in US government




Elizabeth Warren takes the stage for her acceptance after beating incumbent U.S. Senator Scott Bown at the Copley Fairmont November 6, 2012 Boston, Massachusetts. The campaign was highly contested and closely watched and went down to the wire.
Elizabeth Warren takes the stage for her acceptance after beating incumbent U.S. Senator Scott Bown at the Copley Fairmont November 6, 2012 Boston, Massachusetts. The campaign was highly contested and closely watched and went down to the wire.
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Five women were elected to the Senate last week, bringing a total of 20 female senators to the chamber. They include Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Deb Fischer (R-NE);

There will be nearly 80 women in the House, and with a crop of new female governors, many are calling this the year of the woman.

For a look at the role women will be playing in Washington, we're joined now by L.A. Times columnist Meghan Daum.