2018 Midterm Elections: No Longer Just His-tory, It’s Her-story
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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I am so thankful for every single person who contributed, amplified, and worked to establish this movement.
Never forget the hard work it took to get us here. No matter what happens, this is what it takes.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 7, 2018
Democrat Deb Haaland and Democrat Sharice Davids are the first Native American LGBT representatives of New Mexico and Kansas, respectively.
— Deb Haaland (@Deb4CongressNM) November 7, 2018
— Sharice Davids (@sharicedavids) November 7, 2018
Democrat Ilhan Omar and Democrat Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women in Congress representing Minnesota and Michigan, respectively.
We did this, together.
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/TywZwt2dR3
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 7, 2018
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) November 7, 2018
Democrat Lauren Underwood is the youngest, at 32, and first black representative to win in her predominately white district in Illinois.
— Lauren Underwood (@LUnderwood630) November 7, 2018
Republican Martha Blakburn is the first female senator from Tennessee.
Tonight, #TennesseeValues prevailed. Chuck and I are incredibly humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support, well wishes and prayers that we have received over the last year. We truly could not have done this without you—THANK YOU. #StandWithMarsha pic.twitter.com/I6ArOx0tb7
— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) November 7, 2018
Democrat Veronica Escobar and Democrat Sylvia Garcia will be the first Hispanic women in Congress.
Thank you, El Paso! I am humbled and honored by your support. This victory belongs to everyone who made contributions, knocked on doors, phone banked, worked hard, and gave of their time and energy. Words cannot express how grateful I am. ❤️https://t.co/3gucG92nLL
— Veronica Escobar (@vgescobar) November 7, 2018
— Katherine Marchand (@KatherineMABC13) November 7, 2018
Republican Kristi Noem is the first female governor of South Dakota.
Thank you, South Dakota! pic.twitter.com/PsXAqLiPBH
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) November 7, 2018
Democrat Mikie Sherrill was elected to Congress in her first campaign representing New Jersey, taking away a seat held by Republicans since 1985
I pledge to everyone in #NJ11, that when I stand on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, raise my right hand and once again swear that oath to my country, I will also be swearing an oath to every resident of the 11th District pic.twitter.com/g6ctav8yt7
— Mikie Sherrill (@MikieSherrill) November 7, 2018
Democrat Donna Shalala was elected to Congress as a first-time candidate, replacing retiring Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
We did it.
It’s all thanks to you. Thousands of Floridians from across the district stood up, and decided to fight for a brighter future for all.
— Donna E. Shalala (@DonnaShalala) November 7, 2018
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.