Have we finally entered an age in which it’s not terrible to be a woman in politics?
Several shitty men were crushed in the process, too
by Nian Hu
So last night was a bit of a shitshow, with the "blue wave" turning out to be more of a ripple. Republicans retained control of the Senate and Ted Cruz somehow defeated Beto O'Rourke, despite Beto being a hundred times less evil and a thousand times hotter. Oh well, there's always next time. Beto 2020!
That being said, there is also a lot to celebrate. Women, particularly women of color, broke some major records in the midterm elections. A whopping 92 women were elected to the House and 10 were elected to the Senate, making a total of 112 women in Congress. This is the MOST women who have ever served in Congress, beating the previous record of 107 — a pretty impressive feat, if you ask me!
And it was an especially groundbreaking night for women of color. Congress, which has almost always been filled with a bunch of old white guys, is FINALLY getting a little more representative of the actual country — which, you know, consists of women and people of color. Shocking, I know! We exist!
Take a look at some of the most historic wins from last night:
Ugh, okay. Confession time! I literally fangirl over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez every day. Maybe it's because she was born in New York, like me. Maybe it's because she's always on point with her clothes and makeup — not that it should matter, but a girl can't help but notice that she has impeccable taste! Maybe it's because she has a truly bold political platform that aims to fix everything wrong with this country. Or maybe it's all of the above!
And clearly I'm not the only one who thinks so highly of Ocasio-Cortez, because last night she became the youngest women elected to Congress. Like come on, she literally just turned 29! How on earth?? There's no way in HELL I'd be able to get my shit together by the time I'm 29. She's also Latina, which makes this victory even more historic. Go off, Alexandria!!
Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids
For the first time in history, we have Native American women in Congress. Just…let that sink in for a second. There were literally NO Native American women in Congress before today. Are you fucking kidding me?? May I remind you all that Native American women were here before the rest of us? Up until last night, the very women whose ancestors first lived in this country were not represented in politics.
Finally, that has changed. Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, was elected to represent New Mexico and Sharice Davids, a member of Ho-Chunk Nation who is also openly lesbian to boot, was elected to represent Kansas. Thank goodness! Now Native American women have more representation in Congress than…Elizabeth Warren.
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar
Another huge first! For the first time in history, there are Muslim women in Congress — not just one, but TWO. Rashida Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was elected to represent Michigan and Ilhan Omar, a former refugee of the Somali Civil War, was elected to represent Minnesota.
In a day and age when anti-immigrant sentiment and Islamophobia is rampant (and openly endorsed by our President) it's pretty fucking amazing that these two were able to win seats in Congress and give Muslim women some much-needed representation in politics.
But WAIT, there's even more!! There's Ayana Pressley, the first black congresswoman of Massachusetts. There's Jahana Hayes, the first black congresswoman of Connecticut. There's Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, the first two Latina congresswomen of Texas. There's Lou Leon Guerrero, the first woman governor of Guam.
The future is female, folks! Time to get with the program or get lost.