The massive firsts that just happened for women in the US

The massive firsts that just happened for women in the US

The massive firsts that just happened for women in the US

Lou Leon Guerrero from the USA territory of Guam the first female governor elected on Tuesday keeping the female wave going in the midterm elections.

The high-profile midterm cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour means a number of winners will take office as trailblazers.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year old Latina also became the youngest woman to serve in the US House after winning at the polls.

Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress.

He hadn't had a challenger in 14 years, and now, a democratic socialist in favor of Medicare for all, a Green New Deal, and abolishing ICE, who happens to be 29-years-old, represents the 14th Congressional District of NY.

Diversity also won the day Tuesday with a record number of women of color headed to the halls of Congress. Arizona's race is still too close to call, but either way, the state will be sending its first woman to the Senate (Democrat Kyrsten Sinema or Republican Martha McSally.) Marsha Blackburn is Tennessee's first female senator, despite Taylor Swift's endorsement of her Democratic opponent, and by electing Jacky Rosen, Nevada became the fifth state to have two female senators. In addition, at least 13 women won Senate seats.

In addition to the number of women overall, there were a ton of historic gains.

The age barrier was cracked on Tuesday as well, with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, 29, earning her spot as the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

MI attorney Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from Minnesota won their races handily to become the first Muslim women elected to Congress, with Omar being the first Somali-American to join the ranks.

Meanwhile, at 31, Democrat Lauren Underwood also won her race to become a Congresswoman. Research shows that women are more likely to raise policies related to women's health and family than men.

First Hispanic woman to Congress from Texas: There are two women in Texas whose victories will make them the first Hispanic women from the Lone Star state to go to Congress. Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia both secured election victories.

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. CT and MA each elected their first African American women into Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez is expected to deliver her acceptance speech in NY sometime after 10pm ET. Women are also more likely to identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey. There are more women in office now than ever before, and this is only the beginning. In 1982, 58 per cent of women voted for Democrats and 41 per cent voted for Republicans.

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