On Tuesday night, we saw over 100 women presumed elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
We saw the first black woman elected to Congress in the state of Massachusetts, the first woman in the Senate in Tennessee and the first female governors in Maine and South Dakota. In New Mexico, we saw the first Native American woman elected to Congress and the first Democratic Latina governor. Kansas also elected a Native American woman and saw their first openly LGBTQ candidate to win a major office. Texas voted in not one, but two Latina congresswomen. Michigan and Minnesota elected Congress’ first Muslim representatives. This isn’t an exhaustive list. I could go on for 20 more minutes, a fact that leaves me breathless.
So, what’s different about this moment? Why now? Well, a couple of key things are happening.
Women are hustling
Not talking, working. Not suffering in silence, rolling up their sleeves. Women have put themselves forward in record numbers. They are working, driving, moving, collaborating, building.