USA midterm elections broke barriers of race and gender

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The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and is expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections.

A former Central Intelligence Agency officer toppled an arch-conservative in Virginia.

Pennsylvania, which had no women in its 21-member congressional delegation, will now have four.

(4) Martha McSally now appears poised to become the first female US Senator from Arizona, pending finalized results.

At that rate, we can expect the number of women in the House to go as high as about 110 when the 14 remaining face-offs are called. And Kansas elected a lesbian former mixed martial arts fighter who will become one of two Native American women elected to Congress for the first time in the nation's history.

Women have never held more than 84 of the 435 seats in the House. ME and South Dakota also elected their first female governors with Janet Mills and Kristi Noem, respectively.

92 women have so far been elected into the US Congress on Wednesday in a make-or-break midterm elections in the United States. Democrats won the national election (despite important setbacks in the US Senate) because of women candidates and women voters.

Voters in Minnesota and MI elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war and a Detroit-born Palestinian-American.

Ilhan Omar, congresswoman-elect for Minnesota's 5th district.Rashida Tlaib, congresswoman-elect for Michigan's 13th district. Her win galvanized progressives across the country. Candidates like Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton in Virginia, Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey, and Angie Craig in Minnesota helped the party win Republican-held seats in the suburbs.

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(3) Marsha Blackburn became the first female US Senator from Tennessee.

For this wave of women leaders, the next few years are going to be about much more than stereotypical women's issues.

Half a century ago this week, New York's Shirley Chisholm was elected the first black woman in Congress, and several of the black women elected Tuesday have said their campaigns were inspired by her example.

What made her victory even more unlikely was her refusal to accept corporate funding. This cycle, women placed gender and motherhood center stage.

"This isn't just the year of the woman, this is the year of every woman", said Cecile Richards, who served as the president of Planned Parenthood for more than a decade, noting the groundbreaking diversity among the women running for office this year.

Still other women broke with convention and shared heart-wrenching stories of sexual abuse. On Tuesday, she won the race for New Mexico's First District.

Liberal groups heralded the positive impact women had on the election and said it will be felt on the legislation front as well after the new U.S. Congress convenes next year.

"We could not be more excited to see them sworn in this January".

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