ICYMI, the American midterm elections are underway. While the final results are yet to be announced, there are four women who have quite literally made history in US politics!
Keep reading for more on how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Sharice Davids are changing the face of US politics.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will become the youngest congresswoman ever, at just 29 years old!
Despite campaigning for things like tuition-free colleges and the abolition of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), this is her first time running for office.
What’s more? She started campaigning while waitressing!
We are asking Senators to respect survivors & the standards of the Supreme Court: #CancelKavanauagh.
Soon, the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
But on November 6th, THE PEOPLE will vote on their Senators.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) October 5, 2018
‘When I first started, I absolutely had major impostor’s syndrome,’ she said. ‘Especially when I first started, there are a lot of haters out there, and they’re like, “Who are you? You’re just a waitress running for Congress.” Which was true. Who did I think I was? When so many people are telling you that, it does sink in. Our society so aptly boils people down to the amount of money that they make and their professional position that it demoralises a lot of really great people. I knew I was more than that. I knew I was an educator. I knew I was an organiser…And I knew what we were doing was right. I was always confident that what I was doing was the right thing to do and that what I was standing for was the morally superior position. And that’s where I started from. But it took me months and months and months to convince myself and to convince others that I was legitimate,’ she told Elle about her win over Republican Anthony Pappas.
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib
Ilhan Omar will join Rashida Tlaib as the first Muslim-American women in congress following the midterm elections! She will also be the first American-Somali women in congress.
Omar won a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016, when she also became the first Somali-American to be elected to government.
Omar won her midterm election in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, while Tlaib was elected in Michigan’s 13th congressional district.
‘Whatever the President is saying, that whatever the people that support the President are saying, everything that’s happening against Muslims in our country, it is all not going to be this complete darkness. That there is light. And I think for me to win, the success of this campaign… it brought a light in a moment of darkness for many of us,’ Tlaib told Elle in August.
HISTORIC FIRSTS: Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar will become the first Muslim women elected to Congress, CNN projects https://t.co/RZidiUT9lo #CNNElection pic.twitter.com/spO52EVFw8
— CNN (@CNN) November 7, 2018
Attorney, and former MMA fighter, Sharice Davids will become the first Native American congresswomen. She’ll also become the first-ever openly LGBT person to represent the state of Kansas after defeating Republican Kevin Yoder.
‘We are going to elect more women this year, we’re going to elect more people who are L.G.B.T., we’re going to elect more people who are people of color. This midterm election cycle is our opportunity to demonstrate who we are as a country,’ she told the New York Times earlier this year.
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) November 7, 2018
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