Midterm Elections: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Other Women Made History

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

and Other Women Made History

It was a big night in midterm election history! In many cases, it was also a night of firsts. Following President Donald Trump’s election, record numbers of women entered Democratic primaries and ran for some form of public office during this midterm. Compared to the last midterm election, Times Up reports there were 235 women candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives than a previous record of 167. Among the many inspirational women elected Tuesday night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the youngest elected to Congress.

She is not only an educator and political activist, but also one of the many women, whose win is a milestone during this year’s election. This amazing Latina, defeated Republican Rep. Anthony Pappas, who was formerly an economics professor at St. John’s University in Queens. She won New York’s 14th Congressional District, earning support from 78 percent of voters according to NBC News. It was an expected win after Ocasio-Cortez beat out U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in June.

After her big win, Ocasio-Cortez gave a victory speech last night. “We launched this campaign because in the absence of anyone giving a clear voice on the moral issues of our time, it is up to us to voice them,” she proclaims. “We have the duty to stand up for what is right.” She concluded her speech with a powerful, inspirational statement. “We cannot stop. Electoral politics is just a tool in a larger tool box of this movement,” she says. Ocasio-Cortez also sent a tweet to her followers, grateful for the opportunity of running in this election. “I am so thankful for every single person who contributed, amplified, and worked to establish this movement,” she tweeted.

For those who may not know, this 29-year-old was born in the Bronx, and raised by Puerto Rican parents. She got her degree in economics and international relations from Boston University, but also took interest in establishment politics during college while working for Senator Edward. M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, according to The New York Times. Her political involvement didn’t end there. After college, she took on new projects in the Bronx that would improve education for children and years later, took part in political activism like the protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation, also according to the Times.

“We launched this campaign because in the absence of anyone giving a clear voice on the moral issues of our time, it is up to us to voice them,” she proclaims.

Witnessing history in the making…

As of today, 117 women won their midterm elections according to The Washington Post. Women are making historic accomplishments. Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is proud to have supported so many female candidates across the country in a recent press release. “A record number of Democratic women are headed to Congress, and women made up the overwhelming majority of congressional seats we flipped from red to blue,” he states. “Women are leading the resistance, and the Democratic Party will continue to stand in solidarity with women in America and around the world marching for the equality they deserve – from equal pay and paid family leave, to more affordable health care and child care, to better educational opportunities and the right to live and work free from harassment or assault.” He went on to congratulate a few of the newly elected Democratic women.

Record numbers of women ran during this midterm election. Photo Courtesy of Timesupnow.com

Along with Ocasio-Cortez, there is a list of remarkable, diverse group of women who have contributed to a night of firsts.

Stacey Abrams, Democrat
Abrams is currently still running for governor in Georgia. If she wins, she will be the first black governor in U.S. history.
Ilhan Omar, Democrat
Omar is serving as the Minnesota State Representative for the 5th district. She is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
Rashida Tlaib, Democrat
Tlaib is serving as Michigan State Representative for the 13th district. She is also one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
Veronica Escobar, Democrat
Escobar is serving as Texas State Representative for the 16th district. She is one of the first Texas Latina’s elected to Congress.
Sylvia Garcia, Democrat
Garcia is serving as Texas State Representative for the 29th district. She is also one of the first Texas Latina’s elected to Congress.
Ayanna Pressley, Democrat
Pressley is serving as Massachusetts State Representative for the 7th district. She is Mass. first black congresswoman.
Deb Haaland, Democrat
Haaland is serving as New Mexico State Representative for the 1st district. She is one of the Native American women elected to Congress.
Sharice Davids
Davids is serving as Kansas State Representative for the 3rd district. She is also one of the first Native American women elected to Congress.
Abby Finkenauer, Democrat
Finkenauer is serving as the Iowa State Representative for the 99th district. She is also one of the youngest women elected to Congress.
Young Kim, Republican
Kim is serving as the California State Representative for the 39th district. She is the first Korean American woman in Congress.

“A record number of Democratic women are headed to Congress, and women made up the overwhelming majority of congressional seats we flipped from red to blue,” states Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Chyna Davis

Hi! SWAAY's Editorial Writer, Chyna, is a passionate journalist and sociologist. She has made NYC her home for four years and is passionate about sharing the stories of inspiring, impacting individuals.

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