Women, and Especially Women of Color, Made History Last Night

08 Novembre, 2018, 14:12 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee at their Mt. Kisco polling site

More than 100 women were elected to United States legislative office in mid-term elections Tuesday.

Another two Democrats made history as the first Latinas elected to Congress from Texas, a deeply red state. For example, the next Congress will feature a record number of women of color, as well as a record number of non-incumbent women, according to the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics. The data showed that this year, white women split their vote between Democratic and Republican candidates for the House, but they preferred Republican candidates in 2010 and 2014.

A former National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, will become Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Newcomer Ayanna Pressley of MA who ousted a 10-term incumbent in the primary will become the first black congresswoman from MA. Women hold 84 out of 435 House seats, a record number. "The first role of women as military flyers was during World War II as Women Airforce Service Pilots, an organization disbanded after the war", Colonel McSally said.

The class of 2019 includes the youngest congressional women in history, 29-year-olds Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from NY and Abby Finkenauer from Iowa, as well as the first two Native American women, and the first two Muslim women, Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American Ilhan Omar.

Groundbreaking campaigns have broken barriers this election, with historic candidates changing the face of Congress and statehouses across the US.

These new records represent the culmination of a record-setting year for female candidates. Men, by contrast, were more evenly divided in their vote.

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Rashida Tlaib is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and will represent Michigan's 13th Congressional District. "In 1984, I was attending the U.S. Air Force Academy and told my first flight instructor that I was going to be a fighter pilot". The win was momentous for a number of reasons, not just that Democrats can now challenge Trump and the Republican party agenda.

(3) Marsha Blackburn became the first female US Senator from Tennessee.

Her victory in the USA midterm elections on Monday makes her the youngest woman ever to win election to Congress.

In her victory speech in September, she said: "These times demanded more from our leaders and from our party". Democrats celebrated the victory as Guerrero's win also meant a blue flip for the USA island territory.

Another important trend from this year's exits (and any year's) is how gender interacts with race and education.

Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily Democratic district in Minneapolis, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress.

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