Words: Sophie Henderson
In the era of Trump politics, it is more difficult than ever to observe a great deal of progressive change. The highly anticipated congressional midterm elections saw a total of 273 women on the ballot, and that’s more than ever before. Thankfully, congresswomen across America have shattered ceilings and issued a strong rebuke against the Trump agenda.
According to Refinery 29, She Should Run – a nonpartisan group dedicated to supporting more women in office – saw a 900% increase in inquiries from potential candidates week over week after the midterms.
In Harris County, Texas, 19 African American women made history as an empowering collective. All 19 candidates swept judicial races and won their election campaign. The group were among the 38 district democratic judges elected on Tuesday in a county with a population of more than 40 million people. This is a definite credit to the diversity of Texas, which is often portrayed as a conservative state in popular culture.
Members of the public have taken to Twitter to congratulate the influential force known as Black Girl Magic:
I often laugh when people talk about Texas, as if we are all gun-toting, right-wing extremists, because **THIS** is the Texas I know and love…a state of diversity, of big dreams, and moonshots made reality. #Houston19 https://t.co/v9BS6v2G2q
— Carolyn Rodz (@carolynrodz) November 8, 2018
However, the achievements do not stop there.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Abby Finkenauer are the youngest congresswomen EVER
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Today’s the day. To the countless supporters, door-knockers, organizers, small-dollar donors, and everyone in between – thank you. . This journey has been one of the most challenging and rewarding collective efforts I’ve ever been a part of. We haven’t just run a campaign – we created a movement in our own backyard. We built community. We centered issues that no one wanted to talk about. We uplifted our neighbors and discovered a level courage + friendship we never thought possible. . Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey and followed us along to this moment. No matter what happens, this is just a beginning. Let’s continue walking shoulder-to-shoulder in the advancement of economic, social, + racial justice in the United States of America.
Ayanna Pressley was voted the first black woman in Massachusetts to go to congress
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first muslim women elected to congress
Deb Haaland is one of the first Native American women, proud to share her voice
Letitia James is the first black woman attorney general of New York
Katie Hill is the first openly bisexual woman in American politics
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