Ruth Bader Ginsberg was once asked, “How many women should serve the Supreme Court Justices?” and she replied, “Nine.” So what does this mean for the Midterms 2018?
Democrats and Republicans shared wins last Tuesday, but a blue wave came and conquered with 27 seats won, gaining control of the house. In addition, a record number of 40 women were elected to Congress, as The New Yorker highlighted on their new cover featuring many women, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (the youngest woman ever elected at 29) Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar (first Muslim woman elected). In addition, Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids are the first Native American women elected to Congress.
According to VOX, “By press time, at least 92 had won in the House, and ten had won in the Senate (joining ten already in the upper chamber) for a total of 112 women,” the most women to serve in Congress at once in history. (The previous record was 107).”
So… what happens next?
This is not just a symbolic victory; we now have work to do. The Midterm 2018 Elections were at a 50 year high, with almost half of the possible eligible voters… FOR A MIDTERM ELECTION
This means we have momentum, and we can’t stop it now. I had the opportunity to work with the Feminist Majority Foundation to be a Student Organizer Rep for my College, and I got 10+ people to vote, along with helping out on my Instagram. Everything helps. And let’s kick it in 2020.