Brazil's President-elect Dilma Rousseff is the latest in a power surge of women in global leadership positions.
At least eight Republican women are newly elected to the House, and one to the Senate. Four GOP women won their governor's races. But the overall picture for women in Congress is less rosy.
A study shows that the percentage of women in the Republican caucuses of state legislatures is shrinking – a concern, since statehouses develop political talent for the national stage.
She'll face tough questioning, but even Republicans expect her to be confirmed.
More women serve in state legislatures, but the United States is far behind many other countries.