Friday, 16 November, 2018

Women Of Color Who Made History In The 2018 Midterm Elections

Max Rose in October 2018 Max Rose in October 2018
Glenn Montgomery | 09 November, 2018, 22:54

The 2018 midterm elections may not have resulted in the overwhelming blue wave Democrats desired, but there was still a great number of women, specifically women of color, who made history last night.

And it appears to have come true.

Texas has elected its first Hispanic woman to Congress, with Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia winning their house seats. Nuñez, 47, told NBC News during the closing days of the campaign that being chosen as Lieutenant Governor is "a huge source of pride for me, for my family, but most importantly for my community.".She was born and raised in Miami to Cuban parents and is now Speaker Pro Tempore of the Florida House of Representatives.

In Massachusetts, Ayanna Pressley ran unopposed as a Democrat and became the first black woman to represent the commonwealth in Congress. She's also a lesbian and was among a number of of LGBTQ candidates.

- Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids: America's first Native American women in Congress. Haaland has a long history in New Mexico state politics and working with native tribes. That changed Tuesday, when two women defeated Republican incumbents.

For starters, there looks set to be at least 100 women in the House of Representatives for the first time, with 95 already declared winners while other races are still being counted (including a number of races where both candidates are female).

Hillary Clinton's surprise defeat to President Donald Trump two years ago, a man who has a history of making sexist remarks, appears to have been a galvanising moment for American women.

Chris Pappas just became the first openly gay person to represent the people of New Hampshire.

According to one cost-of-living calculator, housing in D.C.is about 40 percent more expensive than it is in the Bronx borough of New York City, a part of which makes up the district Ocasio-Cortez will represent. Women were projected to win in eight races, one shy of the current record. She is also the first female former professional Mixed Martial Artist to serve.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 miles (1600km) away in the state of Iowa, Abby Finkenauer had also joined the ranks of the nation's youngest representatives.

"Let's get to the business of dancing and celebrating", she added. "We know there are so many of us who welcome everyone, who see everyone and who know that everyone should have the opportunity to succeed", Davids said in her victory speech.

These elections broke records for early voting, leading experts to predict that turnout could be exceptionally high.

These are totally new voices "that have never been at the federal policy level and federal policymaking table", says Kelly Dittmar, an associate professor of political science at Rutgers University and a scholar at CAWP.

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