While many people are justifiably elated by the election of America's first black president American democracy still has a long way to go in terms of equal representation.
In the Senate the number of women members has increased to 17 (13 Democrat, 4 Republicans) out of 100 members. This figure breaks the previous record of 16 female senators set during the previous term.
In the House of Representatives a total of at least 74 women (57 Democrat, 17 Republicans) will serve this term increasing the number of women in the 435 seat legislature by 10. Again another record breaking figure bringing the total percentage of women serving in the lower house to 17%.
Given these figures and the sexist garbage leveled at both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin during this campaign, I'm not sure this figures are going to increase anytime soon.