Women top midterm election results: Editorial cartoon

November 11, 2018

Women top midterm election results: Editorial cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Making historical gains, women in the midterm elections stood as tall and strong as the Statue of Freedom that tops the U.S. Capitol dome. For the first time those working inside the capitol will more closely mirror allegorical female statue that tops it.

The Statue of Freedom holds in her left hand a laurel wreath victory.  She faces east to the rising sun.  Erected in 1863, she wears a Native American shawl and headress topped with feathers, but it took until 2018 for two Native American women to  actually be elected to Congress. 

Deb Haaland of New Mexico and Sharice Davids of Kansas will also  be joining the first Muslim women elected to Congress.  Rashida Tlaib is a Palestinian American from Michigan.   Ilhan Omar, from Minnesota, will be the first hijab wearing member of Congress.   Both Tlaib and Omar had served in their state legislatures. 

The largest female Congressional class in history will also include more than 20 African American women.

In addition to over 100 women being elected to Congress, nine women will be governors, possibly ten, depending on the outcome of the Georgia race.

Ohio voters elected the first African American women to the Ohio Supreme Court.

The pink wave that swept through Congress and governorships now only has to reach the offices of President and Vice President.   

When you count the number of women who have led foreign nations, dating back to the last century, the U.S. is long overdue to have either a female president or vice president, or both.

What’s especially welcome is not only the number of women who were elected, but their diversity.   Women who never served in office will be working alongside career politicians.   The incoming Congress will include the youngest woman to serve, in a House led by Nancy Pelosi, 78, and Maxine Waters, 80.  While Sharice Davids is one of two first Native Americans, she will also be the first openly gay person to represent Kansas.

The Statue of Freedom stands on a pedestal engraved with the motto “E Pluribus Unum,” which translates to “Out of many, one.”    The influx of diverse women into Congress make it closer to truly representing the “many.”

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