HerStory: Firsts for Women In the 2018 Midterms
Women’s rights have accelerated at an all-time high this year and Tuesday's Midterm election was the fruition of that work and a promise of what's to come. Groundbreaking women took to the floor in politics and voters showed up and showed out at polls across the country to get them into power. For what most have declared the most important election in our lifetime women came out in droves to be a voice for the people. In Georgia, where at most 75 women had run in an election (2016), 121 ran this year. In Kentucky, female candidates rose from 37 in 2016 to 71 this year. In Missouri, the number of female candidates more than doubled 2014’s record of 73 to 123, and in Pennsylvania from 77 to 118. Below is a list of winners who made history last night:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York, became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
Debra Haaland, New Mexico, and Sharice Davids, Kansas, are the first Native American women elected to U.S. Congress. Davids is also the first openly lesbian woman elected. Iconic.
Ayanna Pressley is the first black woman Massachusetts has elected to Congress.
Marsha Blackburn is the first woman Tennessee has ever elected to U.S. Senate.
Rashida Tlaib is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress
Ilahn Omar is also one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and the first Somali-American elected to Congress.
Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia are the first Latina women elected to U.S. Congress from Texas.
Janet Mills is the first female governor of Maine.
Kim Reynolds is the first woman elected governor of Iowa.
Juliana Stratton, Illinois, is the first black woman elected lieutenant governor in the state.
The list honestly goes on. Georgia democratic candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams, refuses to concede in a race most are saying is too close to call. It was a messy election filled with suspected voter suppression, false allegations, and a candidate running the very election he was running in *cough*. But Abrams is keeping her campaign alive in hopes of a run off this December. If successful Abrams would be the nations first African American female governor. Imagine growing up in a time where little girls can actually see that they can be absolutely anything their heart desires. These women are changing the game and you can too. Keep the same energy. Stay involved and hold your elected officials accountable. No matter your side of the political spectrum, find your voice because HERstory is being written and we all need to be a part of it!