Who run the world? Girls (and minorities).
The 2018 midterm election has been long awaited for many reasons. The polarization of this country politically has led to both sides of the aisle hoping to use the election to prove different points.
And, in the end, the result was that of a democracy: each side had some wins and some losses, and what will (hopefully) emerge is a more united government with both major political parties working together to ensure that checks and balances are performed, and our nation is run with all interests in mind.
But, regardless about your political affiliation or your opinions of the candidates, there were many historic victories for women, minorities, and the LGBTQ+ community in this election. Here are some highlights that should make you proud of how far we've come as a nation.
Over 110 women won elections for positions like House seats, Senate seats, and governorships, and record high number of women will soon be in Congress, making up about a quarter of the next Congress.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D- New York) and Abby Finkenauer (D- Iowa) are the youngest women ever to be elected to Congress, both at age 29.
Sharice Davids (D- Kansas) and Deb Haaland (D- New Mexico) are the first Native American women elected to congress. Davids is also Kansas's first openly LGBTQ+ representative, as well as Congress's first openly LGBTQ+ woman of color.
Kristi Noem (R- South Dakota) will be South Dakota's first woman governor.
Jared Polis (D- Colorado) just became the first openly gay governor in US history.
Marsha Blackburn (R- Tennessee) is Tennessee's first female senator.
Ayanna Pressley (D- Massachusetts) became the state's first black congresswoman in history.
Veronica Escobar (D- Texas) and Sylvia Garcia (D- Texas) became the first Latina congresswomen Texas has seen.
Ilhan Omar (D- Minnesota)and Rashida Tlaib (D- Michigan) became the first Muslin women in Congress.
Martha McSally (R- Arizona) became her state's first female senator (after running against two other women).
Lou Leon Guerrero (D- Guam) became Guam's first woman governor.
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