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

08 November, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Max Rose in October 2018

We spoke with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about her plans for Congress.

"With her victory tonight, Ayanna Pressley has not only made history as the first black woman ever elected to represent MA in the U.S. House of Representatives, she's ensured that Democrats have the voice of a young, black progressive woman helping lead the fight for inclusive populist reforms, " the political action committee Democracy for America said Tuesday night in a statement.

Democrats Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

In the first major race called Tuesday night, Lou Leon Guerrero was elected as Guam's governor, becoming the first woman to do so.

■In Tennessee, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become that state's first woman senator.

Sharice Davids became one of the first Native American members of Congress. Davids, an attorney and advocate, will represent Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, which covers eastern Kansas and includes Kansas City.

The progressive challenger and member of the Democratic socialist party unseated a powerful 10-term NY congressman, running with a campaign ad that said: "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office". Pressley asked on Tuesday night, garnering cheers.

'With her victory tonight, Ayanna Pressley has not only made history as the first black woman ever elected to represent MA in the U.S. House of Representatives, she's ensured that Democrats have the voice of a young, black progressive woman helping lead the fight for inclusive populist reforms, ' the political action committee Democracy for America said Tuesday night in a statement. 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.

For this wave of women leaders, the next few years are going to be about much more than stereotypical women's issues.

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan also lost her race to become the country's first Native American governor. Democracy Now! was there with The Intercept for our special election broadcast.

■In Connecticut, educator Jahana Hayes won the state's Fifth District race and will be the first black woman to represent Connecticut in the House. A self-styled progressive, Tlaib is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and was arrested two years ago for disrupting a Trump speech in Detroit.

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

Haaland will replace New Mexico Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who vacated the seat to run for governor.

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. The Democrat surged in the latter part of the year, polling neck and neck with Noem, but fell just short on Election Day.

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

MI governor elect Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday attributed her success and that of other women to outworking their opponents and "staying focused on the dinner table issues that really matter to families".

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