The mid-term election had everyone glued to their tv/phones last night waiting for up to the minute results. And while there were a few upsets — Andrew Gillum and Beto O’Rourke to be exact — there were still some major victories!
More than 100 women are heading to the House of Representatives. Moreover, within the 100, women of color made historic strides and that’s definitely something worth celebrating, as well. Below is a list of women to look out for:
FIRST BLACK WOMAN: Ayanna Pressley
Ayanna Pressley will be the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. The 44-year-old was running unopposed in Massachusetts’ 7th District, after defeating ten-term incumbent Rep. Mike Capuano in the primary in September.
“We aren’t just making history for the sake of making it. We aren’t just defeating hate out of necessity. We are issuing here and now a mandate for hope. Tonight, is just the beginning,” Pressley posted on Instagram.
YOUNGEST BLACK WOMAN: Lauren Underwood
At just 31-years-old, Underwood is the youngest Black woman elected to Congress. Lauren, a registered nurse and health policy expert from Naperville, will represent Illinois’ 14th district.
YOUNGEST TO EVER DO IT: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old Democratic socialist from the Bronx, just became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Ocasio-Cortez will represent New York’s 14th District in the 116th Congress.
LATINA LADIES GET LIT: Veronica Escobar & Sylvia Garcia
Former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia will be the first Latinas to represent Texas in Congress. Escobar will represent Texas’ Congressional District 16 and Garcia will represent Congressional District 29.
MUSLIMS MAKING HISTORY: Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib
Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee and Rashida Tlaib, a social worker born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents, became the first Muslim-American women ever elected to Congress. Omar won a House seat in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Tlaib ran unopposed in a congressional district that stretches from Detroit to Dearborn, Michigan.
FIRST OF THE FIRST: Sharice Davids & Deb Haaland
Their people were the first ever to inhabit this country and now Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland are the first Indigenous women ever elected to Congress. According to CNN, “In New Mexico, Haaland will replace Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who vacated the seat to run for governor, and Davids will unseat Kansas GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder.”
STILL HOLDING OUT HOPE: Stacey Abrams
Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is not conceding the Georgia governor’s race to Republican candidate Brian Kemp saying it’s too close to call. We stand with you, girl!
“Kemp is currently ahead of Abrams by nearly 68,000 votes with 99% of precincts reporting, according to CNN election results. But he only has 50.4% of the vote. If neither candidate receives 50%, there will be a runoff in early December.”
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