FRANKFORT, Ky. — There are more women in the Kentucky legislature than ever before on both sides of the aisle. Several are also taking on new leadership roles.

In the House there are now 27 women serving, 18 of those are Democrats and nine are Republican. The Senate has four women, two Democrats and two Republicans. 

"I think it's going to be a new day in a lot of instances and I'm really excited to lend a female voice to the public policy discussion at the leadership level,” Senator Julie Raque Adams (R) said.

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They all said they are ready to bring a unique perspective.

"We're stepping up and standing up and claiming our space,” Rep. Attica Scott (D) said.

Returning female lawmakers were also excited for the very historic time for Kentucky.

"Women are a lot more collaborative, a lot more evidence-based. You know when I work with some of the women on the other side of the aisle, it doesn't matter what party we're in, we've worked on a lot of very import issues for Kentuckians together,” Rep. McKenzie Cantrell (D) said.