These Women Made History in the Midterms

Glen Norman
November 9, 2018

A year ago she was waiting tables in New York City - today she is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, emerged victorious on Tuesday night against her Republican opponent Anthony Pappas in the Big Apple's 14th congressional district, which includes parts of Queens and The Bronx. Meanwhile the Arizona senate race is too close to call, but either Republican or Democrat, the victor will be the state's first woman in the seat.

Women were poised to make significant electoral gains in this "Year of the Woman" election. The former Central Intelligence Agency officer beat Tea Party incumbent Dave Brat in no small part through the activism of local liberal women's groups. Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer will be Iowa's first women in the House, while Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids made it as America's first Native American women to win in Congress - the latter as the first openly gay Native American in Congress.

Learn more about Tlaib here and Omar here. They also picked up two more firsts for Congress: Tlaib is the first-ever Palestinian-American and Omar the first Somalian-American to serve in that office.

For the first time in history, more than 100 women won races for Congress, and at least nine won governorship. She's also a lesbian and was among a number of of LGBTQ candidates. Now, instead of coming up with some long-winded answer about robbing Peter to pay Paul, she just says, "Ah, we'll deal with it later".

Veronica Escobar, who won the seat vacated by Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke in Texas's 16th district, according to the AP, was one of two Latinas to win elections Tuesday night. According to CBS Dallas, the Hispanic population in the Southern state is expected to surpass the white population as soon as 2022.

However, the historic firsts were not limited to NY.

In all, 31 women will take seats in the House for the first time, coupled with 65 who retained their seats, for 96 altogether, beating the old congressional record of 85 for women in the chamber, CNN reported.

Which party's women candidates were the most sucessful?

"WE broke that concrete wide open".

Just one minute after polls closed in MA on Tuesday, the Associated Press called the state's 7th congressional district race in favor of Ayanna Pressley. Flake is scheduled to give a talk at the Forbes 30 under 30 event in Boston after recently calling for a one week pause in the confirmation process to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation more time to investigate sexual assault allegations.

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono, who became the first Asian-American woman elected in 2006, stood her ground in November's midterm, securing herself another term in Washington, per the AP. Democrats celebrated the victory as Guerrero's win also meant a blue flip for the USA island territory.

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