Girl Power in Congress

2018 has already been quite the year for the United States. While America should be a place of love, peace and acceptance it is now more of a home to division and hate. While everyone is entitled to their own values and political views, the rift in our country has gotten out of control and needs to end. Many citizens are fired up, wanting and fighting for changes. Females in our country have been nothing short of trailblazers and pioneers throughout history but should be commended for their recent efforts in politics. The multiple sexual assault cases and the Brett Kavanaugh case is just the tip of the iceberg for what women have dealt with throughout time. The numerous high profile cases have been the driving factor in the powerful “Me Too” movement, along with so many being outright advocates of tighter gun laws, LGBTQ+ rights, and embracing diversity. All women throughout America and the rest of the world have been warriors, fighting for equality in the workplace and in life. Basic human rights are still being neglected and taken away so old and new voices have emerged to fight for our future. More than ever women have pushed societal boundaries and have risen up to use their voices and struggles in a positive way. In the recent November 6, 2018 midterm elections women have made history.

According to CNN, 122 women were elected to Congress; 99 in House of Representatives and 23 in Senate. Along with breaking records, many individuals have won monumental firsts. Two Democratic candidates, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have been the first Muslim women to ever been elected to Congress, while Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids have been the first Native Americans elected as well. Marsha Blackburn became Tennessee’s first woman senator and Kristi Noem became the first female governor of South Dakota. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest female to ever be elected to Congress. These are massive wins and strides for women of every background. Every single woman in the various elected positions brings something different to the table. American politics now have a new inside perspective full of advocates for various social issues. Every person elected comes from a different background and campaigned for overall issues such as improving health care, environment, importance of all voices to be heard and to put a stop to the division in our country. As shown by the polls, this election was a game changer; the voter turnout was immense and increasing numbers of women are no longer passive but are empowered and passionate. It is our turn to change the course of politics and America’s future. I believe that this is only the beginning of what women are truly capable of and that the power and unity will only continue to flourish for the better.