Women take election locally and nationally

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - It's being called a "pink wave."

From governor to attorney general to secretary of state, women are now running Michigan.

For the first time ever, women are in many of the state's top leadership roles.

"I think the most we've ever had are two women at the top in leadership positions," said Judy Karandjeff, president of the League of Women Voters of Michigan.

"Yesterday truly was a historic day. We saw so much change happen, many people come out to vote," said governor-elect, Gretchen Whitmer.

This trend isn't just among democrats.

Several republican women will hold seats in the state legislature.

Plus, a record-breaking 84 women will serve in the U.S. House.

"The pink wave is real. Women elected women. So many folks have just found themselves to be under the thumb and disregarded by this administration and decided that they were going to stand up and say, 'we're not going to take it anymore,'" said Lori Carpentier, CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

"They're so motivated, so empowered. I think the best thing that came out of the Trump presidency is how empowered women have become and how they've gotten out there. There are so many strong women now. I think that's what we need in this country," said voter Andrew Moore.

Karandjeff says it's about time.

"They should've been [in office] all along. We're 51% of the population, but I couldn't be prouder that women are running and are making a difference," said Karandjeff.