All elections are about the numbers. Simple and straight-forward: votes; polls; turnout; quotas and seats. It's about the numbers stupid...

Amidst all the statistics, consider these two - 27 women filled 30% of the seats in the Assembly elections this weekend.

When the dust settles and the parties gather for the traditional family photos, the visuals will tell the story in a striking way - this was a good election for women candidates in the North.

The gong for 'best result' goes to Michelle O'Neill, Arlene Foster will retain the key leadership role, 'best performance in a comeback role' goes to Dolores Kelly, and there are numerous contenders for the 'best newcomer', notably Elisha McCallion in Foyle and Órlaithí Flynn in West Belfast.

Orlaithí Flynn
Órlaithí Flynn from Sinn Féin was the first MLA elected in West Belfast

There are 35 women in the Dáil making up 22% of the 158 deputies. There are 191 women in the House of Commons equating to 29% of the 650 MPs.

The figure for Stormont does not match the 44% of female participation in the Swedish parliament but the 30% figure is an important bar for many and an important building block for many more.

It can be no surprise that the women MLAs cross all party affiliations and none, but the numbers remain interesting. 11 of the 27 Sinn Féin MLAs are women, four of the 12 SDLP members are female.

On the Unionist side, six of the 28 DUP victors are women, just one of the 10 Ulster Unionists is a woman, Rosemary Barton in Fermanagh South Tyrone.

Her election saw four of the five seats in the constituency go to women. Independent Unionist and former Justice Minister Claire Sugden was the first to be elected in the East Londonderry constituency. Alliance Party leader Naomi Long will sit alongside colleagues Kelli Armstrong and Paula Bradshaw.

Green Party candidate Clare Bailey took the 90th and last seat in the election just after 3am on Saturday morning neatly book-ending events as Órlaithí Flynn from Sinn Féin was the first MLA elected in West Belfast.

Some will look to the greater number of female candidates, others will point to the increased turnout as contributing factors. Whatever the reasons #AE17 marks a step forward in gender equal politics. 

Clare Bailey
Green Party candidate Clare Bailey took the 90th and last seat in the election

All eyes will now focus on the relationship, or possibly lack thereof, between Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill as both assert themselves in the forthcoming talks.

Naomi Long continues to impress the public and the pundits with her no nonsense 'call it as she sees it' approach while Claire Hanna and Nicola Mallon have presented as strong articulate voices at a time when the SDLP was in serious danger of terminal decline.

Progressive, persistent and professional all, the voters will watch closely the impact to be made by Carla Lockhart, Michelle McIlveen, Megan Fearon, and Paula Bradshaw among others.

In the business of gender politics, all the parties will also look to North and East Antrim, North Down and Lagan Valley. Four constituencies, 20 seats, number of women MLAs: ZERO.