7 photos that perfectly capture the history-making wave of women who won on Election Day

Women across the country saw historic wins in Tuesday’s Midterm elections.

The night was poised to be a night of firsts, with a record number of women on the ballot and a number of candidates set to diversify Congress.

And the night resulted in just that, with victories for Native American, Muslim, black, gay and female candidates.

An all-time record number of women ran in Congressional races this year and now there are more women in Congress — 113 — than ever before.

At a state level, Democrat Janet Mills of Maine and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota were elected as their state’s first-ever female governors, and another 3,379 women were their parties’ nominees for legislative seats.

This year’s election saw a 75% increase in women of color running for Congress since 2012. A record-high 40 women of color were elected to the House, beating the previous record of 38.

Here, Business Insider takes a look at some of the women who made history.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, shocked many in New York when she defeated ten-term Rep. Joe Crowley in the state’s Democratic congressional primary earlier this year.

The defeat made her the face of young Democrats as her campaign made national headlines.

She takes the record of youngest woman to be elected into Congress from Rep. Elise Stefanik, who was elected when she was 30, according to The Associated Press.

Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland became the first Native American women elected to Congress.

Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids and New Mexico Democrat Debra Haaland are the first Native American women to be elected to Congress.

Davids also became the first LGBT Native American elected into Congress when she ousted Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder on Tuesday.

The only previous Native American to serve on Congress is Ben Nighthorse Campbell, …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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