This week the 116th congress was sworn in and it has been exciting. Democrats have taken back the House of Representatives. We still have a lot of work to do but we can't deny this huge force of progressive values. Let's breakdown this historic victory that we can celebrate together:
Nancy Pelosi takes back Speaker of the house and remains the only female speaker.
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib: First Muslim women in Congress
Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids: First Native American women in Congress
Marsha Blackburn: Tennessee’s first female Senator
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Youngest woman ever elected to Congress
Jahana Hayes: Connecticut’s first black Congresswoman
Ayanna Pressley: Massachusetts’ first black Congresswoman
Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar: Texas’ first Latina Congresswomen
Cindy Hyde-Smith: Mississippi’s first female Senator
Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally: Arizona’s first female Senators
Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne: First women elected to the House from Iowa
This is an astounding way to start off the New Year (even though the government is still shut down.) Our voices are now in starting to be heard at the highest level. We will not be ignored. I am looking forward to following the future of this new Congress and what other barriers we can break.
To quote Michelle Obama,“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”