2018 Midterm Elections 101: The Women Who Made History
Last night, a diverse array of candidates awaited the results of their efforts to break barriers and change the future of politics. The hard work paid off for many of them. Women—particularly women of color— made history last night in 2018 midterm elections!
If you have spent anytime online, watching television, or listening to the radio today, it’s likely that this isn’t the first you’ve heard of the big historical “firsts” that women in politics had last night. But do you know who these sheroes are and what they accomplished specifically?
Here’s the quick and dirty on the 13 women who made history last night. Don’t worry, we’ll be sharing more informative articles on these awesome women in the weeks and months to come, but this rundown will get you up to speed now.
photo: Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez via fb
Last night, at the age of 29, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress in New York’s 14th district. She is a member of the Democratic socialist party and ran with a campaign slogan that boldly declared, “Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office.”
photo: Sharice Davids via fb
A Democrat running for Kansas’ 3rd District House seat, Sharice Davids became the first Native American congresswoman. But that’s not all, she is also the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas!
photo: Debra Haaland via fb
Deb Haaland has an impressive history of political accomplishments including becoming the first Native American woman to chair a state political party. Last night, Haaland—a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe—won the House seat in New Mexico’s 1st District becoming the first Native American congresswoman alongside Sharice Davids.
photo: Rashida Tlaib via fb
A Democrat, Rashida Tlaib won the House seat in Michigan’s 13th District to become the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress. She is also one of two women to proudly earn becoming the first Muslim women elected.
photo: Ilhan Omar via fb
Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar is a former refugee who has served as a state legislator for the last four years. Last night she became the first Somali-American in Congress and joins Tlaib as one of the first Muslim women elected.
photo: Ayanna Pressly via fb
Pressly is likely getting used to being “the first” as she was the first black woman to serve on Boston’s city council. Last night she became the first black member of the House of Representatives from Massachusetts.
photo: Jahana Hayes via fb
This first-time political candidate won the race to represent Connecticut’s 5th congressional district. Last night she became the first black woman to represent the state in Congress.
photo: Janet Mills via fb
Democrat, Janet Mills, was elected Maine’s first female governor last night. She formerly acted as the state’s attorney general.
photo: Abby Finkenauer via fb
Unseating Republican Rod Blum in Iowa, Abby Finkenauer became the first woman elected to Congress from Iowa. At 29, she is also one of the youngest people to ever be elected to the house.
photo: Veronica Escobar via fb
photo: Sylvia Garcia via fb
Veronica Escobar & Sylvia Garcia
Both Democrats, Escobar and Garcia simultaneously became the first Latinas to represent the state of Texas in Congress. Escobar won the State’s 16th district and Garcia won the 29th district.
photo: Marsha Blackburn via fb
A Republican, Marsha Blackburn became the first female senator in Tennessee when she won the state’s 7th congressional district House seat.
photo: Kim Reynolds via fb
Last night Reynolds became the first woman elected as governor in the state of Iowa. A Republican, she served as lieutenant governor of the state for 6 years prior to last night’s election.