If there was actually a war on women during the 2012 election, it’s safe to say that women clearly won.

A record number of women will now serve in the U.S. Congress, following sweeping victories for those candidates in both the Senate and House of Representatives on Election Day. The victory, in addition to proving that rape apologist theories don't actually fly with the American electorate, also demonstrates that the embodiment of successful, female figures in command is something embraced by men and women of different ages, races and income levels across the nation.

Twenty women will now serve in the 100-member Senate and at least 81 of the 435 seats in the House will be represented by women. And there are several first: A number of congressional districts and Senate seats will now have its first female representative, while the upper chamber is about to welcome its first openly gay female senator.

Bonus: The country is about to see its first all-female delegation -- U.S. senators, U.S. House members and a governor (who will be the only Democratic female governor in the nation)– in New Hampshire.

Here are some of the new female faces joining the House and Senate in 2013.