A Time to Make History

Brooke German

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Women made history on Tuesday, November 6. Amid a suspenseful midterm election, at least 113 women were voted into office. This easily surpasses the previous record of 107 and includes 28 freshmen women (first-time House members).

Included among these women are several women "firsts":

First Native American Women: Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland

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Sharice Davids is an attorney and a politician from Kansas. She is the first LGBTQ Native American to serve in Congress and has a pastime of MMA fighting.

Deb Haaland was raised in Mesita, New Mexico. She grew up in a military family and now fights for the rights of veterans.

First Muslim Women: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

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A Michigan Democrat, Rashida Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants. This is not her first time experiencing a "first." In 2008, Rashida was the first Muslim woman elected to Michigan State Legislature.

Ilhan Omar's interest in politics began when she would interpret for her Somalian grandfather at DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) caucuses.

Youngest Woman: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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At the age of 28, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history as the youngest member of congress. In her earlier days, she worked for Senator Ted Kennedy's office on immigration issues.

Not only did women embrace their right to run in government, but voters supported the importance of electing women, according to CNN exit polls.

Women are continuing to break down barriers tirelessly, and their perseverance shows. It is with great pride that we congratulate the women of the 2018 midterm elections.

Brooke Lazar is WITI's content manager and digital editor. She has a BA in professional and technical writing from Youngstown State University.