2018, the Year of the Woman
The latest in a year of record-breaking female political participation now includes records numbers in Congress and as governors. In this 2018 midterm cycle, more than 100 women have been elected to Congress and eight female governorships.
As of May 2018, there are 84 women in the House, making women 19.3% of House representatives. As of this November election, that number will more than double. Big numbers alone didn’t tell the story. Women represented many “firsts” as well upsets, including Elaine Luria, who won as a democrat in Virginia’s 2nd District.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman elected to the House; Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to the House; Sharice Davids is the first Native American lesbian woman elected to Congress; Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to the US Congress in Massachusetts; and Gretchen Whitmer flipped the governorship from Republican to Democrat in a state that narrowly went for President Trump in 2016.
Governor races also provided wins for women. Democrat Laura Kelly defeated Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach in Kansas, while Democrat Gretchen Whitmer won in Michigan.
As of this update, Stacey Abrams has not conceded her race for Georgia governor, saying “There are too many votes to be counted.” If elected, she would become the first female African American governor in the country.