Women of the 118th Congress chosen as Women of the Year honorees

The Women of the 118th Congress are part of USA TODAY’s Women of the Year awards.

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USA TODAY's Women of the Year honors those of the 118th U.S. Congress. Women form more than a quarter of voting members, the highest in U.S. history. Women make up more than a quarter of the voting members of the 118th Congress, the highest percentage in U.S. history and a 50% jump in the past decade. There are 25 women in the Senate, matching the record, and a groundbreaking 125 women in the House.

The presence of more and groundbreaking women on Capitol Hill has changed not only the face of Congress but also its agenda. The lawmakers – honored as a group by USA TODAY among the nation's Women of the Year – have elevated research into women's health, reformed the way sexual assault allegations are handled in the military, and pursued issues that affect the daily lives of children.

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