Thursday, 15 November, 2018


Women of Color Who Campaigned for Congress on Inequality and Won

The Guardian The Guardian
Bennie Garza | 07 November, 2018, 21:56

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids defeated a Republican incumbent in Kansas to become the first openly LGBTQ woman to represent Kansas.

Ayanna Pressley became the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives for MA - a state with that has a black population of only eight percent.

The record numbers of women running for office in the United States this year are mostly Democrats, and their party is banking on their candidacies and a widening gender gap on key issues to achieve big wins in the November 6 elections.

Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, while Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez, 28, became an overnight sensation this summer after her upset primary defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent who was the No. 4 Democrat in the House.

Arizona will send a woman - either Democratic representative Kyrsten Sinema or Republican representative Martha McSally - to the Senate for the first time.

After almost eight years of ME being run by controversial Republican Gov. Paul LePage - who has received national notoriety for racially charged comments and accusations of abuse of power - the state's voters replaced him with its first woman governor.

Women also contested governor's races across the country.

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters and refuses to concede at her election night headquarters at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Nov. 6, 2018. She's also a lesbian and was among a number of of LGBTQ candidates. Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas.

At 29 years old, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman elected to US Congress.

The incoming class of lawmakers could have a stark impact on politics in the nation's capital, particularly within the Democratic Party, after a midterm election that was widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first term.

- Jahana Hayes: Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Hayes, a teacher, becomes the first black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress. The victory was considered a stunner and helped make Ocasio-Cortez a national political figure. Davids defeated incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder. Elsewhere, the number of female governors expanded, with the Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham becoming the first Democratic woman of color elected governor in the US.

In Michigan, Muslim Rashida Tlaib from Detroit won the congressional seat long held by Democratic John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment claims by former staffers. Stefanik was previously the youngest person ever elected, as she was 30 when she won her first campaign in 2014.

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