Midterms Usher Wave Of Young, Democratic Women Of Color Into House

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezis is the youngest woman elected to Congress.

In addition to the number of women overall, there were a ton of historic gains. And it will bring the share of Congress members who are women up from the current 20 percent to at least 22 percent.

These wins were mostly fueled by the Democratic Party, which put a record numbers of women on the ballot.

Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico won their races, becoming the first Native American women in Congress. Davids racked up another distinction as the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Kansas.

Another two Democrats made history as the first Latinas elected to Congress from Texas, a deeply red state.

Amid a wave of female candidates running for office, Tlaib scored a victory in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, setting her up to be the first Muslim-American woman in Congress. "The first role of women as military flyers was during World War II as Women Airforce Service Pilots, an organization disbanded after the war", Colonel McSally said. Research shows that women are more likely to raise policies related to women's health and family than men.

For the first time, the US Congress will have Muslim women - and two of them.

She describes herself as an educator, organiser and working-class New Yorker who has worked with expectant mothers, waited tables and led classrooms.

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Tlaib, 42, also has a history of breaking barriers: In 2008 she became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature. In 1995, they emigrated to the United States, initially settling in Arlington, Virginia and then moving to Minneapolis.

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Democrat house candidate Sharice Davids reacts before speaking to supporters at a victory party in Olathe, Kan., Nov. 6, 2018.

This year's swing was, in large part, because of independent women, who voted for Democratic candidates for the House, 56 per cent to 39 per cent, as well as white women, who have started voting differently in recent years, according to CNN's exit poll data.

Other winners Tuesday included Sharice Davids from Kansas, one of the first two Native American woman elected to Congress, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

The first Muslim women have been elected to Congress, with Democrat Rashida Tlaib winning in MI and Ilhan Omar winning in Minnesota.

Blackburn will become the first woman to represent Tennessee in the Senate.

Crowley was the No. 4 Democrat in the House and seen as a potential speaker one day. While stiff historical headwinds were blowing in Republicans' faces, the opposition correctly read the political needs of the moment and recruited an array of strong female candidates who were primed to exploit widespread suburban dissatisfaction with the president.

Much has been made of 2018's "year of the woman" status, as Democrats carried female voters by 19 points last night, exploiting a (+15) gender gap to win back the House and pick up a number of governorships.

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