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Midterm Elections and Why Women Made History

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The midterm elections have passed and people are calling this the “Year of the Woman.” According to Time, “Already in 2018, women candidates have broken the records for the number of candidates for governor, U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Depending on how the midterms go, they may make history again.”

This November, women broke even more records. Here’s a look at some women who could change the outlook of how are society is run:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

At 29, she is the youngest woman elected into congress. She won the Democratic nomination against Joe Crowley for New York’s 14th Congressional District. She strongly advocates for medicare, a higher minimum wage, and much more.

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Deb Haaland 

Became the first Native American woman elected into congress.. According to Time “Democrat Deb Haaland, the former chairwoman of New Mexico’s Democratic Party, won New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District in the 2018 midterms. She defeated Republican Janice Arnold Jones in the district, which typically votes Democratic.”

Her platform includes medicare for all and expanding the Obama-era immigration policy which allows immigrants brought to the US illegally to not get deported.

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Ayanna Pressley 

Became the first black congresswoman in Massachusetts. She defeated Micheal Capuano in the Democratic primary on Sep 4. According to Time, “Pressley argued that her majority-minority district should be represented by a person of color. Her platform differed little from Capuano, who has been a consistent progressive vote in Congress. As a sexual assault survivor, Pressley has fought to end sexual violence and gun violence. She also advocated for defunding Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Medicare for all.”

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Ilhan Omar

Became the first Somali-American in Congress and one of the first Muslim women in Congress. She came to the US as a refugee and her platform consisted of medicare for all, criminal justice reform, and an increase of minimum wage. She beat Republican Jennifer Zielinski. She hopes to “change the narrative” surrounding immigrants and women who run for office.

Rashida Tlaib 

Became the first Muslim woman and first Palestinian-American in Congress. According to Time, “Rashida Tlaib, a Democratic Michigan state representative, won the Democratic nomination for former Rep. John Conyers’ seat in Congress in August. Her platform includes immigration reform, Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and debt-free higher education.”

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I think with so many women taking a part in politics, we will be better represented in our society. I love how we are taking initiative in positions that before no woman was involved in. It just shows how far we have come in making our voice heard and making men notice that we too have a voice in politics.

This is another iconic event to live through. I am glad that as a woman, I get to support other women that will soon make changes benefitting us. It seems like a revolution to me because women have been brought down but there was never a moment where we gave up.

And if these women don’t win, then we will try again with more force and more power to be seen in the light.

Thank you @feministfightclub for these amazing images.

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Shivani is a Public Relations student at the University of South Florida....