The midterm elections proved that this wasn't the "Year of the Woman" that many pundits had predicted. After the midterm elections, the best case for women is that their numbers will hold steady in Congress. For the first time in 30 years, their numbers could drop depending on the outcome of several still undecided races. In addition, the big Republican victory will cause several women to lose key leadership roles, and no women are mentioned in early reports of Republicans to fill those spots, writes Jennifer Lawless.

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