The massive firsts that just happened for women in the US

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Her victory in the USA midterm elections on Monday makes her the youngest woman ever to win election to Congress.

What is already the most diverse Congress ever will become even more so after Tuesday's elections, which broke barriers of race and gender.

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at her midterm election night party in New York City on Tuesday.

She'll be joined by Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib - also a Muslim and the first Palestinian-American to serve Congress.

Arizona will send a woman - either Democratic representative Kyrsten Sinema or Republican representative Martha McSally - to the Senate for the first time.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn became the first female senator to represent Tennessee when she outlasted a challenge from former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat who looked to run against his party to win in a state President Donald Trump won by 26 percentage points in 2016.

Democrat Ilhan Omar will serve as the nation's first Somali-American Congresswoman.

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Women won big in the USA midterm elections on Tuesday (November 6), with US media predicting more than 100 women winning election or re-election in races across the country.

Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic nomination in an upset primary against longtime incumbent Joe Crowley over the summer. Missouri's Claire McCaskill and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp were both vulnerable as Democrats in deep red states, and a lot of people are pointing to their votes against Brett Kavanaugh as what cost them their elections.

The last time women voted for Democrats anywhere near that margin was more than 30 years ago. Women make up roughly a third of the Democratic caucus, so they'll have a more powerful voice in the majority than Republicans had when they controlled the House, according to Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

MI governor elect Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday attributed her success and that of other women to outworking their opponents and "staying focused on the dinner table issues that really matter to families".

The 2018 midterm election season saw a historic increase in progressive candidates of color, who galvanized supporters in statewide and local races around the United States.

Haaland will replace New Mexico Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who vacated the seat to run for governor. Houlahan was one of four female military veterans and political newcomers to win seats for Democrats; the others were Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey, and Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger in Virginia. Twenty-two states have never elected a woman as governor - six states have female governors now - and research has shown voters are more reluctant to choose women as chief executives than as legislators.

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