Twenty-nine-year-old Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Ocasio-Cortez rose to national prominence in June, when she unseated 10-term incumbent Representative Joe Crowley, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House.
"One of the most important victories tonight belongs to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the movement she has sparked", Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, added.
Women have run in record numbers, and Native Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, millennials and LGBT candidates have already made history with their campaigns. Democrats have also crowed, loudly and often, about the number of women they had on the ballot - many of whom won last night.
Women occupy just 23% of the seats in the current US Senate and 19.3% in the House of Representatives, comparatively low rates in the developed world.
In January, both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House will feature a far different makeup than previous years, as voter turnout surged this cycle.
If Deb Haaland won her congressional race in New Mexico, she would become the first Native American woman elected to Congress and if Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won in Arizona, she would become the country's first openly bisexual senator.More news: 'Diablo Immortal' Game Coming To Android, Pre-Register Now
MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.
In fact, the number of Republican women in Congress, at latest count, will decline in the next session.
"We know more women will be going to Congress. and there will be sisters waiting for them who will lift them up".
"Women voters were pivotal", said Molly O'Rourke, a professor of political communication at American University.
Omar, a Somali-American was once a refugee, while Tlaib is the first Pakistani-American woman in congress.
Ocasio-Cortez, a community organizer and former bartender, will represent New York's 14th Congressional District, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens. In the House, 96 women have reportedly won or are projected to win their races. Women are also more likely to identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey. The data showed that this year, white women split their vote between Democratic and Republican candidates for the House, but they preferred Republican candidates in 2010 and 2014. The share of women identifying as Democrats or leaning Democratic is up 4 percentage points since 2015 and is at one of its highest points since 1992.