Whether you call it the Year of the Woman or the “pink wave,” the recent transformation in the composition of the U.S. Congress promises to be both substantive and emblematic, a reshaping of American politics that will likely continue for years, if not decades, to come. As the new class of women members was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in January, many saw in those moments great hope. Others felt the early rumblings of apprehension for what could come. Washington, D.C., was making history. Read more.