During his State of the Union address on Monday, President Trump
spoke about the positive state of the U.S. economy, specifically referencing the high number of women joining the workforce. That brought sudden applause from female Democratic lawmakers who pointed at each other, especially at newly elected female representatives who are symbols of that female job growth. Trump then joked "you weren't supposed to do that".
The president then directly addressed the record-breaking number of women
who were elected in the midterms, remarking that "exactly one century after the Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before." That sparked more applause, dancing, high-fiving and chants of "USA! USA!" from the female lawmakers who were dressed in white in honor of the suffragists. They did manage to steal some of Trump's thunder on the night, notable as many of them were elected due to their opposition to the president. Women ran in record numbers during the 2018 midterms and a historic number of them won seats.
Even though the November elections were hugely successful for U.S. women, there is more work to do. According to the inter-parliamentary union
, the U.S. comes joint 75th globally by share of women in the lower house of parliament with 23.5 percent. Rwanda comes first with 61.3 percent, followed by Cuba with 53.2 percent and Bolivia with 53.1 percent.