Balancing Act: A Women’s March, Indeed: Say Hello To A Congress That Looks A Lot More Like The Country It Represents

By Heidi Stevens
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Heidi Stevens introduces us to some of the new female leaders ready to change the game in Washington.

Chicago Tribune

Congress suddenly looks a lot more like America.

Or at least it will come January.

As of Wednesday, Nov. 7, a record number of women are projected to win seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, with CNN forecasting 96 women will claim victory in their House races, 31 newly elected, 65 as incumbents. In addition, at least 13 women won Senate seats in Tuesday’s midterms.

A women’s march, indeed.

Say hello to Lauren Underwood, the Democrat from Naperville, Ill., who unseated four-term Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren and became the first African-American woman to win Illinois’ 14th District.

Say hi there to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won her New York district Tuesday and, at age 29, will become the youngest woman ever in Congress.

Let’s congratulate Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s Ilhan Omar, who will be the first Muslim women to join the ranks of Congress in January.

It’s nice to meet Democrats Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Native American women ever elected to Congress. Haaland hails from New Mexico. Davids is from Kansas, and will also be the first openly LGBTQ member of Congress from Kansas.

Let’s give a shoutout to Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, just elected as Tennessee’s first female senator.

And say hi to Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, the first Latinas to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. Escobar is a former El Paso County judge, and Garcia is a state senator from Houston.

And that’s just a start.

But what a beautiful start it is.

It’s tempting to look at the wave as a rebuke to President Donald Trump and his loathsome views on women, from his bragging about grabbing them by the pussy to the litany of reprehensible names, dog, horseface, pig, low IQ, he assigns the ones who cross him.

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