The Future is Female: Historic Number of Women Sworn into 116th Congress Today

(Photo by Martin Schoeller via Kamala Harris/Twitter)


January 3, 2019
Katherine Mosqueira

It’s a historic day for the United States of America as record numbers of women join the House of Representatives. The 116th Congress convened at 12:00pm ET today, as Democrats took control of the House.

Over 100 women were elected to Congress on November 7, 2018, following the midterm elections. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, will be the youngest women ever to join Congress. Not only was this a huge win for women, but also for people of color. The first two Indigenous women (Deb Haaland, D-NM. and Sharice Davids, D-Kan.), the first Muslim Somali-American woman (Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.), and the first Muslim Palestinian-American woman (Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.) were all elected. The 116th Congress will also have the largest Black and Hispanic Caucus, with 55 Black members and 37 Hispanic members.

At approximately 2:00pm ET, Nancy Pelosi was officially elected as the United States Speaker of the House. She previously held the position from 2007 to 2011, in which she was the first female House Speaker. With 431 voting members, Pelosi needed 216 votes to win the majority. She received 220 votes.

Many of the new Congresswomen took to social media to mark this momentous event in time.

Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., posted this powerful photo on Twitter of her and several of her colleagues who were all sworn in to Congress today.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., retweeted this tweet and posted the same photo as Harris (above) with the caption, “Sí, se puede,”

Representative Barbara Lee, who has previously joined us at KGO on the Ethan Bearman Show, posted these photos of the seemingly joyous occasion on Capitol Hill.

 

The future is female and today’s event shows great strides in the progression of American society.

 

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