The country might be on the cusp of history in electing its first female president. But the pantsuit revolution started by Barbara Mikulski may be taking a step back in Maryland.

According to the Capital News Service, the state’s congressional delegation may not feature any women when the dust settles after next week’s election. Mikulski is retiring from the U.S. Senate, ending the longest-ever run for a woman in Congress. She appears poised to be succeeded by U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen. However, the seat would remain with a female if Republican Kathy Szeliga outperforms polling. Republican Amie Hoeber is running in the sixth Congressional district, but will also have to pull of a surprise to beat Congressman John Delaney.

U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards is also set to exit after losing her bid to replace Mikulski in April. Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is likely to win the race for that seat.

It extends to state government, too, with top elected leadership like governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller all male.

It seems like a good time to bring up Mikulski’s rallying cry: “Women of America: Get out there, square your shoulders, suit up, put your lipstick on and get ready for the revolution.”


Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.