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Women in Congress... largest number yet and firsts!


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So this is meant to be bi-partisan and just to celebrate more women getting elected to Congress.  We had some firsts last night!

Two Muslim women (one who wears hijab and one who doesn't...which I love) were elected to Congress.  Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.  Ilhan is also the first Somali member of Congress. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the youngest woman elected to Congress in 2018.

Anna Eskamani has become the first Iranian-American elected to Congress in 2018.

 

Historically...women firsts....

Janette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress in 1916.

Florence Prag Khan was the first Jewish woman elected to Congress (and only the 5th woman elected) back in 1925.

Patsy Mink was the first Asian woman  elected to Congress in 1965.

Shirley Chisolm was the first black woman elected to Congress in 1968.

Pramila Jayapal was the first Indian woman elected to Congress in 2017.

Tulsi Gabbard was the first Samoan-American and first Hindu woman elected to Congress in 2012.

 

To see how the US ranks in terms of women in Congress/Parliament, go to  http://archive.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm   (Should be updated soon after our new elections.)  

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OK...and another neat (and amazing story) out of New Hampshire.  A woman, Safiya Wazar, who fled the Taliban...and was a refugee....got elected to the State House.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/11/06/woman-who-fled-taliban-wins-state-house-seat/LrgJI922lh2ZeoKSxTIhUI/story.html?fbclid=IwAR33bLaKHj1BTIBevAHwlAvnFmwtGtUhGvDHdJdIjcPD_3PUbhHzSPyDaYw

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7 hours ago, umsami said:

 

Janette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress in 1916.

 

Y'all know Rankin's story, right? She cast one of the only votes against WWI and was voted out as a result. Then she won the seat again... just in time to cast the only vote against WWII... and they voted her out again.

She was an influential suffragist and peace activist. I kinda love her.

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