This year’s election showed major wins for womxn, the LGBTQ community and leaders of color. To recap, a record of 117 womxn won office. Of them, 42 are womxn of color, and at least three are L.G.B.T.Q. Womxn have so far claimed 96 of the House’s 435 seats with that number expected to rise to 100. At least 12 women won Senate seats, which brings the total in that chamber to 23 womxn out of the 100 seats that exist.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat from New York, became the youngest woman elected to Congress at age 29. She has never held elected office, and like Ms. Pressley, she defeated a white man who had served 10 terms in a Democratic primary.
Ayanna Pressley, above, who will become the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. She beat a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary and vowed to pursue “activist leadership” to advance a progressive agenda.
Sharice Davids, a former White House fellow, is a lesbian; she and fellow Democrat Debra Haaland of New Mexico are the first Native-American women elected to Congress.
Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar and Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim women elected into Congress. Omar also became the first Somali-American elected into Congress, and Tlaib became the first Palestinian-American elected into Congress.
It was the Year of the Woman and we did not come to play!! Congratulations to all of these elected officials.
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