Pink Wave: Women to Flood Congress After Historic Election Night

Congresswoman elect Ayanna Pressley greets volunteers at the Cambridge Democratic Headquarters

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI, both Democrats, will be the first Muslim-American women to serve in the House.

A number of women have also achieved significant firsts in their states, including Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia who become the first Latina Congresswomen in Texas, and Alyanna Pressley from MA, becoming her state's first black representative in Congress.

Pressley was the first black woman on Boston's City Council, and she defeated 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organiser who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress. Iowa elected its first female governor, Kim Reynolds (who was the incumbent but she had been appointed to the position), along with its first-ever female state representatives, 29-year-old Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne, both of whom beat out their male Republican incumbent opponents.

Deb Haaland is one of the first Native American woman to win a seat in Congress. Haaland, a Democrat, will represent New Mexico's 1st Congressional District. Election Night made Ocasio-Cortez's victory in New York's 14th congressional district official.

Ayanna Pressley, congresswoman-elect for Massachusetts' 7th district. There are still two outstanding races that have two women competing against each other, which means that at least 100 women will be serving in the House next year.

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Polis won the race for Colorado governor and will become the first openly gay man to enter a governor's mansion anywhere in America. 65 of those are incumbent reps, with 31 newly elected women.

Jahana Hayes similarly will join the freshman class as Connecticut's first black female representative. In July 2004, she took command of the 354th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. - becoming the first woman to command a fighter squadron. On Tuesday, James won her seat for New York State Attorney General.

While women gained in the House, results were still uncertain in the Senate, where there are now 23 women serving. As first-time women candidates running in MI and IL, they were part of a surge of new Congressional candidates aiming to flip GOP-held seats in crucial swing districts.

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. There was a mix of people of all ages (including one girl genuinely thrilled to be spending her fourth birthday at the event), but overwhelmingly, the staff and volunteers and interns and supporters were young people, many of whom were engaging in politics for the first time and were so excited to be there, and so proud of the work they put in.

"This isn't just the year of the woman, this is the year of every woman", said Cecile Richards, who served as the president of Planned Parenthood for more than a decade, noting the groundbreaking diversity among the women who have run for office this year. Republican women like Kristi L. 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. 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.

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