The U.S. midterm elections were incredibly women-led this time around - here are some historic firsts
The U.S. midterm elections took place Tuesday, 6 November 2018 and were historical for one main reason: a good number of the leaders are women from all walks of life. Here is a round up of the female politicians we're proud to see representing us in notable positions.
The first Muslim congresswomen
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women in Congress. According to BuzzFeedNews.com, "both candidates support staunchly progressive policies, such as a $15 (R210.82) minimum wage and immigration reform."
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The first black congresswoman in Massachusetts
Ayanna Pressley is the first black member that Massachusetts has sent to the U.S. House of Representatives and the first black woman the state has sent to either House of Congress, according to Ellen Nilsen's report in Vox.com. "She is part of an important group of young black representatives and women of colour nominated to Congress in 2018," Ellen writes.
The first Native American congresswomen
Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids are the first Native American women elected to Congress. As reported in BuzzFeedNews.com, Sharice is also the first openly LGBTQ representative in Kansas and the first openly LGBTQ woman of color in Congress; and Deb is a single mom and she previously served as chair of the state’s democratic party.
The youngest congresswomen
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abby Finkenauer, both 29, are the youngest women elected to Congress. Abby "also made history alongside Cindy Axne as Iowa’s first women elected to the House of Representatives", reports Julia Reinstein.
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The first two Latina congresswomen
Veronica Escobar, a former county judge, and Sylvia Garcia, a state senator, became the first Latina women to be elected to Congress to represent Texas.
The first governor of Guam
"Lou Leon Guerrero, the current president of the Bank of Guam, has been elected the first female governor of the U.S. island territory," Alejandro De La Garza reports in a Time.com article.
We are so proud of all the women who have made it!
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