As the Democrats pieced together a victory in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, one of the most striking features of that win was the diversity of the candidates being sent to Capitol Hill, and the sheer number of women among them. For the first time in US history close to 100 women are headed to the House. As of Thursday morning, 96 were elected. Sure, there are 435 seats in the House, but 96 feels like the start of something much, much bigger. While Maine and South Dakota have elected their first female Governors, there’s still a ways to go to flip the gender imbalance in the Senate. Here Sarah-Jane Collins shares stories from the campaign trail and how the new wave of women’s participation has already altered the course of American politics.