Women Making History in Politics

Deme Apostolou

The November 2018 midterm elections were groundbreaking in terms of the amount of women elected to positions in Washington.  Over 100 women will be in the House of Representatives and Senate, shattering the old high.  With many other female firsts in certain races, here’s a closer look at some candidates who won.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 

Alexandria became the youngest women elected to Congress at the age of 29 years old. After an upset in the primary, the Bronx native was able to pull through with the win in New York’s 14th Congressional District. She hopes to achieve Medicare for All, housing for everyone and a higher minimum wage of $15.


Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

These two politicians became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar, who is also the first Somali American in Congress, is a refugee who came to the U.S. and was previously a legislator in her state of Minnesota. Tlaib, who became the first Palestinian-American women in Congress, got this distinction as well when she won the seat in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.


Marsha Blackburn 

Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn became Tennessee’s first female Senator after defeating a previous Tennessee governor in his bid for office.  She currently serves in the House of Representatives where she famously preferred to be called “congressman” when entering the House. Although her win made history, she maintains that she does not want to highlight her gender.


Sharice Davis and Deb Haaland

Sharice Davis is a member of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk Nation tribe and also just won the seat for Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District. Deb Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe and also just won her race for New Mexico’s 1st District. These two Democratic women became the first Native American women elected to Congress.