Thursday, 15 November, 2018

The massive firsts that just happened for women in the US

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins election to New York’s 14th congressional district Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins Election In a Landslide
Ellis Copeland | 08 November, 2018, 21:44

■Voters in some states chose women to serve as governors for the first time.

Many of them have made history- such as the first two Muslim American women elected to Congress, the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first woman senators for their states.

We'd been hearing for months about the record number of women running for office, and last night, voters turned out for them.

These wins were mostly fueled by the Democratic Party, which put a record numbers of women on the ballot. In addition, at least 13 women won Senate seats.

The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and is expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections.

The first black woman elected to represent MA in Congress is Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley, who faced no Republican on Tuesday.

A lawyer and former MMA fighter, Davids became the first Native American congresswoman and the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas.

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More than 100 women were projected to win seats in the House of Representatives, easily shattering the record. Before Tuesday's elections , women made up a record 20% of Congress - 23% of the Senate and 19% of the House.


Twenty-nine-year-old Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Ocasio-Cortez rose to national prominence in June, when she unseated 10-term incumbent Representative Joe Crowley, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House.

Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar are the first Latinas to represent the state of Texas in the House of Representatives, after the state has sent more than 300 people to lower body of Congress since it joined the union in 1845. They include veterans, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative, a teacher who grew up the daughter of a drug addict, a one-time bartender and dozens of first-time candidates.

Kate Brown, who is bisexual, became the first openly LGBT person elected governor in 2016 when she won her OR race.

Which party's women candidates were the most sucessful?

Among them is Jennifer Wexton, a Virginia state senator who defeated incumbent Barbara Comstock in one of the most closely watched races across the country.

For this wave of women leaders, the next few years are going to be about much more than stereotypical women's issues. Fifty-two percent of white women voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election, and studies show female support for the president has held consistently, although college educated white women generally oppose Trump. "Tonight, just in suburban Philadelphia, in the Lehigh Valley where I'm speaking from, four women won in a really tight area". In New Jersey, Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevy, elected in 2001, had been outed as gay while in office.

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