Female lawmakers are America's future

One sticker can mean so much. Going to a poll and filling out some bubbles can mean so much. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, many people, especially young people and people of color, were encouraged to vote to change the political dynamics of America, especially in the House of Representatives. The following day, the “Year of the Woman” was apparent.

With 117 empowering women entering the House, it’s time to take note of how successful campaigning helped many amazing women overcome challenges in each of their states, becoming the firsts of many.

According to The New York Times, there have been many notable women who made history in the 2018 midterm election. Kristi Noem is the first female governor of South Dakota; Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids are the first Native American women elected to Congress; Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress; Kyrsten Sinema is the first openly bisexual senator, and there are many more women who will step foot into the House with powerful, progressive agendas, hoping to make changes to the terrifying position the nation is in.

Out of record-high 117 women who were elected this year, there are 42 women of color, three of whom identify as LGBTQ and 100 Democrats. The many women who have made history have made this the Year of Women. Some fear that these female politicians will only focus on “women’s issues,” but this is not the case.

As said on news outlet The Conversation, most policies will instead focus on “hard policy areas such as national security, immigration, job creation and taxation.”

In New York City’s 14th congressional district in the Bronx, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman to take office in Congress.

June 26, 2018, brought a shock to many when she won against her opponent, Joe Crowley, because of her low-budget campaign compared to his $3 million campaign. On the other hand, after running an amazing grassroots campaign, she is now able to create policies that will “put people above the party.”

Since winning the midterm election, Ocasio-Cortez plans to advocate for “Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and housing as a human right,” among other policies.

This midterm election has been life-changing for many people. Not only are women bringing about change in office, but young people and millennials are also ready to do what it takes to defeat the system we live in now.

-Alison Lui

Accounting ‘22

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