38 Women of Color Took Their Seats in Congress

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38 Women of Color Took Their Seats in Congress

America Juarez, Staff Writer

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Women of Color made history in the 2018 midterm election. This is set to be the most diverse election in the history of the U.S.

Of the 272 candidates running for office, 84 of them were WOC. There was a 42 percent increase of women of color candidates since the 2015 election. A total of 59 Women of Color have served in the U.S. House of Representatives and 70% of representatives are white men. There is only 19% of women in the house of representatives.
Only 7%of congress are WOC, which means out of 102, only 38 are people of color. It’s important to have diversity and equal gender representation in congress because, “Having a more equal representation of women in congress makes the representation for the whole of the U.S better balanced”.

When asked why it is important to have WOC in congress, 7th grader Emma Adams explains, “We need everyone’s point of view, not just from white men, since that’s the majority of representatives. I would like it if there was more people of color in congress”.

Here are some of the powerful women who won the 2018 midterm election.

First up is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29 year old politician and educator. She is the U.S. Representative-elect for New York’s 14th congressional district and member of the Democratic Socialists of America. She even defeated congressman Joe Crowley; a very powerful democrat who hasn’t been conquered within the last 14 years. Ocasio-Cortez will be one of the youngest woman to ever serve congress.

Ilhan Omar is a Somali American politician from Minnesota. Omar is representing Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. She became one of the first two Muslim women to be elected in congress. She is also the first women of color to serve as a U.S representative from Minnesota.

  Veronica Escobar is a representative for Texas’ 16th congressional district. She used to be a County Commissioner and County Judge for El Paso County from 2010 to 2017. Escobar is Texas’ first Latina to join congress.

These influential women won the 2018 midterm election and made history. Many people praise these strong women for representing minorities. Because of these compelling, independent women, change is coming to the White House.