Diversity wins the midterms. The women making history in 2018

Diversity wins the midterms. The women making history in 2018

Diversity wins the midterms. The women making history in 2018

"In district after district and led by a huge turnout from women voters, seats have been flipped - ousting Republicans who have failed their constituents and electing women at a record-setting pace to take their places", said Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily's List, a political organization that helps elect Democratic women.

Colorado voters delivered a historic win Tuesday with Rep. Jared Polis projected to be the country's first openly gay male governor.

As for the Senate, the final tally will either meet or fall short of the current record-high 23 female members of Congress, depending on whether Rep. Jacky Rosen can unseat Nevada Sen.

In split-gender races, women have won 65 races and lost 101, but this is not necessarily a strong indication of gender bias. Many female Democratic House candidates who prevailed on Election Day ran in opposition to Trump or his policies. Ten women already in the Senate are not up for re-election.

New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29-years-old.

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If more than 84 of those women candidates won on Tuesday, it would set a record for the number of women serving in the House.

In victory speeches across the country, women acknowledged the groundbreaking year.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids defeated a Republican incumbent in Kansas to become the first openly LGBTQ woman to represent Kansas.

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

Seizing on the momentum of the "pink wave", Kansas Democratic candidate Sharice Davids surged to victory, becoming the first Native American woman elected to Congress.

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The campaigning from both sides of politics was polarising, with the Republicans maintaining an anti-immigration and America-first message, while the Democrats pledged to put an end to divisionary politics. Iowa has sent women to the Senate and governor's mansions, but never to the House of Representatives.

Democrats were also much angrier about the Senate's handling of Kavanaugh's confirmation than Republicans or independents. Tammy Baldwin held off a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir, but her fellow Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were defeated by their Republican opponents.

"When it comes to women of color candidates, folks don't just talk about a glass ceiling - what they describe is a concrete one".

"Nothing is more wholesome for our country, for our politics, for our campaigning than the increased participation of women in the electoral process", Nancy Pelosi, who's on track to be Democrats' pick for speaker of the House, said last month on CNN. "They ignored the party bosses who said they should wait their turn. History has been made and we're never going back".

"They refused to let anyone shut them up or stand in their way, and that is how real change begins", she added.

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