A List Of Firsts For Women In This Year's Midterm Elections

A List Of Firsts For Women In This Year's Midterm Elections

Hillary Clinton's surprise defeat to President Donald Trump two years ago, a man who has a history of making sexist remarks, appears to have been a galvanising moment for American women.

"Women voters were pivotal", said Molly O'Rourke, a professor of political communication at American University.

"This is going to be a long process to get us to a point of proportionate representation, but tonight is a giant step forward for what leadership can and will eventually look like in this country", Peeler-Allen said. I'll give you an example in Pennsylvania, which is kind of, one of the most striking scenes.

"And just imagine this, it is a conservative woman to boot!"

Democrats Sharice Davids (left), a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and Deb Haaland (right), a member of New Mexico's Laguna Pueblo people are the first Indigenous women in Congress. Davids is also the first openly LGBTQ+ person to represent Kansas in Congress.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - the 29-year-old socialist who became a media darling over the summer after beating a 10-term NY incumbent in the Democratic primary - is headed to the U.S. House of Representatives with a resounding victory in Tuesday's general election, Yahoo News reported.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, shocked many in NY when she defeated ten-term Rep. Joe Crowley in the state's Democratic congressional primary earlier this year.

In Massachusetts, Ayanna Pressley ran unopposed as a Democrat and became the first black woman to represent the commonwealth in Congress. Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke won her reelection by a veritable landslide. However, the historical significance of this evening is not lost on me.

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There was also an historic gender gap that showed women more supportive of Democrats than Republicans. Nonwhites, women and college graduates all tend to vote more Democratic.

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters and refuses to concede at her election night headquarters at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Nov. 6, 2018.

Women also reached a record number in the United States Senate.

The impact of Tuesday's election will be a topic of much debate, but one thing's clear: Women made big strides.

The decisive record-breaker came from the Republican Party.

Not fewer than 98 women have been projected to be elected to the House of Representatives, 84 Democrats, 14 Republicans, and 12 predicted to join the Senate, 10 Democrats, two Republicans, the USA news media, ABC News, reports. Ten women already in the Senate are not up for re-election. "Now, senator will do".

Haaland, a tribal member of the Laguna Pueblo and former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, has pushed for renewable energy, immigration reform and a higher minimum wage, according to The Associated Press.

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