November 6, 2018, was the midterm elections. For months leading up to this day, everyone encouraged one another tho head to the polls. A few favorites came to the forefront — like Beto O’Rourke for Senate in Texas, Stacy Abrams for governor of Georgia and Andrew Gillum for governor of Florida. Though some of the more popular faves, unfortunately, did not win, election night did bring about several historical moments that are worth cheering for.
Let’s take a look at a few of the major moments from last night.
Ayanna Pressley becomes Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman
Congratulations to Ayana Pressley. Two months after unseating 10-term Republican Michael Capuano in during Massachusetts’ state primary, she has become the state’s first black woman elected to the US House of Representatives.
After her win, she tweeted, “When it comes to women of color candidates, folks don’t just talk about a glass ceiling – what they describe is a concrete one. WE broke that concrete wide open.”
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar become first Muslim congresswomen
Last night, not one but TWO Muslim women were elected to Congress. Rashida Tlaib out of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar out of Minnesota are two strong Muslim women who held it down during the midterms.
Tlaib is not only one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, she’s also the first Palestinian-American woman to ever serve.
Omar is the first Somali-American. These two ladies snagged two historical moments in one!
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