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2018 Midterm Elections: No Longer Just His-tory, It’s Her-story

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While many were expecting a blue or red wave in yesterday’s midterm elections, what we can’t deny is the pink wave that hit America.

More than 100 women will be in the next U.S. Congress, leading perhaps to new perspectives and policies.  Thus far, 95 women have taken seats in the House and 13 in the Senate. Ten of those in the Senate are Democrats and three are Republicans. There will be 14 fewer Republican women in the House and 22 new Democrats.

Of the 18 women who ran for governor, nine of them won, some for the first time. South Dakota and Maine now have the first female governors. Stacey Abrams has not yet conceded in Georgia, where she would have been the state’s first female governor.

With information and results still coming in, the figures will be updated accordingly.

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the first youngest women to be in Congress at 29 years of age.

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Democrat Deb Haaland and Democrat Sharice Davids are the first Native American LGBT representatives of New Mexico and Kansas, respectively.

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Democrat Ilhan Omar and Democrat Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women in Congress representing Minnesota and Michigan, respectively.

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Democrat Lauren Underwood is the youngest, at 32, and first black representative to win in her predominately white district in Illinois.

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Republican Martha Blakburn is the first female senator from Tennessee.

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Democrat Veronica Escobar and Democrat Sylvia Garcia  will be the first Hispanic women in Congress.

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Republican Kristi Noem is the first female governor of South Dakota.

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Democrat Mikie Sherrill was elected to Congress in her first campaign representing New Jersey, taking away a seat held by Republicans since 1985

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Democrat Donna Shalala was elected to Congress as a first-time candidate, replacing retiring Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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History has showed the progression women have made since the Women’s Right Movement, which started in 1848 and capping off into the ’60s. Women’s history is often overlooked, but after the 2018 midterm elections results, her story remains undeniable.

 

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