Midterms 2018: What Happened?

Ruth Bader Ginsberg was once asked “How many women should serve the Supreme Court Justices?” and she replied “Nine”.

Democrats and Republicans both shared wins last Tuesday, but a blue wave came and conquered with 27 seats won, gaining control of the house. A record number of 40 women were elected to Congress, as The New Yorker highlighted on their new cover featuring many women including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (the youngest woman ever elected at 29), Rashida Tlaib and IIhan Omar (first Muslim women elected) and Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids are the first Native American women elected to Congress.

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The New Yorker, November 2018 Cover

According to VOX, “By press time, at least 92 had won in the House and 10 had won in the Senate (joining 10 already in the upper chamber) for a total of 112 women — the most women to serve in Congress at once in history. (The previous record was 107.)”

So… what happens next?

This is not just a symbolic victory, we now have work to do. The 2018 Midterm Elections were at a 50 year high, with almost half of the eligible possible voters… FOR A MIDTERM ELECTION

This means we have momentum and we can’t stop it now. I had the opportunity to work with the Feminist Majority Foundation to be a Student Organizer Rep for my College and I got 10+ people to vote, along with helping out on my 12K Instagram. Everything helps. and let’s kick it in 2020.

 

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