Monday, 19 November, 2018

The massive firsts that just happened for women in the US

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee at their Mt. Kisco polling site Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee at their Mt. Kisco polling site
Jay Anderson | 09 November, 2018, 22:52

Ocasio-Cortez defeated New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary election earlier this year.

Nearly 80% of voters in a CNN exit poll said it's very or somewhat important that more women and racial minorities be elected to public office, with two-thirds of white voters agreeing.

Democrats regained control of the House on Tuesday for the first time in eight years, 221 to 196, by picking up 26 seats previously held by Republicans.

So here are just some of the records that were broken and some of the winners who sealed their place in history.

With most of the results now known, women in the USA have achieved a number of significant firsts and played a major role in shifting the figures in Congress.

And it appears to have come true.

Here are some of the women who won on Tuesday.

Asked if President Donald Trump's hostile positions on immigrants and Muslims have triggered the rise of these women, Mr Telhami emphasised that "each district has its own local politics and these cases are no exception; they may have been elected without the Trump factor".

However, the historic firsts were not limited to NY.




Ocasio-Cortes, who stressed her working class status and upbringing during her unlikely win, said she saved some funds before leaving her restaurant job.

This year saw a 75 percent increase in women of color who became nominees for Congress since 2012, according to a study from the Reflective Democracy Campaign.

Having turned 29 last month, Ocasio-Cortez will inch out the previous holder of the distinction, New York Democratic Rep. Elise Stefanik, who was elected to Congress at age 30.

"We have made history tonight", she told cheering supporters after the result was confirmed.

- Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer: Iowa's first women in the U.S. House.

One more woman will be added to the Senate - either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona. Republican women like Kristi Noem and Marsha Blackburn, on the other hand, made history but were reluctant to mention their gender on the campaign trail, preferring to focus on issues.

In New Mexico, Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American women elected to Congress. Texans elected Garcia, a former social worker and lawyer, by a wide margin against her Republican opponent. She, along with Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, are the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

"Together, we mobilized - to stand up for a platform of common-sense gun reform, support for higher education, environmental protection and affordable healthcare", Shalala, a former Health and Human Services secretary in the Clinton administration, tweeted in the wake of her victory over Maria Elvira Salazar. Never forget the hard work it took to get us here. They are often used to gauge the political climate of the United States, as well as highlighting potential forerunners for the next electoral campaign. The spotlight in the midterm elections was stolen by female candidates as a lot of them ran for office.

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