RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - 24 women won seats in the South Dakota legislature on Tuesday including Scyller J. Borglum. The engineer, has always worked in a male dominated field and is ready to advocate for women across the state.
"The future should be representative of the population that we have. Half of the state is made of women, right? We should have half of the offices filled with women," says Representative Scyller J. Borglum, District 32.
All across South Dakota, more and more women are getting involved in politics. We spoke with a couple of Rapid City locals to get their input on the statewide increase.
"I think it's great. I think women in leadership roles are really important and they bring different perspective to decisions that are made that effect the whole population," says Anne Winckel a Rapid City resident.
"Women are half the population so women should be well represented in government. It's taken awhile to get there but I think it's awesome that so many women have been running and were elected," says Kelley Morgan a Rapid City resident.
For Borglum, she hopes the newly elected legislators will inspire the younger generation of women to get involved in politics.
"My hope is that yes more women run because we haven't yet reached parity in elected offices," says Borglum.
Women have never held more than 84 of the 435 seats in the House. With votes still being counted Wednesday morning, 95 had already been declared winners.