11 Women who Broke Barriers in the 2018 Midterm Elections

As Queen Bey once said, “Who run the world? Girls."

And really, we run this motha’ because so many women broke barriers in the 2018 midterm elections. The female candidates running for Congress came from different backgrounds — from veterans to teachers. It was also a night of many firsts — from the first Native American women in Congress, to the first female governors in some states. According to the Washington Post, “Women have never held more than 84 of the 435 seats in the House.”

Before Election Night, USA Today had estimated that at least 118 women would be elected into Congress. Although results are not yet finalized, two things are certain — 1) women will be serving Congress in record numbers and 2) Democrats are regaining control of the House. To celebrate these successes, here’s a breakdown of some women who’ve broken barriers in the 2018 midterm elections.

11 Women who Broke Barriers in the 2018 Midterm Elections

1) Stacey Abrams (Dem)

With the support of President Obama and Oprah Winfrey, Stacey Abrams ran to become the first black female governor in Georgia and all of the US.

2) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Dem)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the US Representative for New York’s 14th Congressional District. At 29-years-old, the Latina is the youngest woman ever elected into Congress.

3) Deb Haaland (Dem)

Former Chair of the Democratic Party in New Mexico, Deb Haaland, is one of the first Native American women elected into Congress.

4) Sharice Davids (Dem)

In addition to being one of the first Native American women elected into Congress, Sharice Davids is also Kansas’ first openly gay representative.

5) Rashida Tlaib (Dem)

Former member of the Michigan House of Representatives, Rashida Tlaib, is the first Muslim woman elected into Congress.

6) Marsha Blackburn (Rep)

Marsha Blackburn is the first female senator coming from Tennessee.

7) Chrissy Houlahan (Dem)

Chrissy Houlahan, an Air Force Veteran, was elected as the US Representative for Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District.

8) Mikie Sherrill (Dem)

Mikie Sherrill, a former US Navy helicopter pilot and former federal prosecutor, was elected as the US Representative for New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District.

9) Abigail Spanberger (Dem)

Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA operative, defeated Republican Dave Brat and was elected as the US Representative for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

10) Laura Kelly (Dem)

Laura Kelly defeated Republican Kris Kobach in the race for Kansas’ governor.

11) Gretchen Whitmer (Dem)

Gretchen Whitmer, the newly elected Governor of Michigan, flipped the state’s party from Republican to Democrat.

It’s safe to say that women dominated the 2018 midterm elections. Despite the record breaking numbers, women are still underrepresented in Congress. This is just the turning point and we still have a ways to go. We need to keep on pushing and empowering each other. After all, there is definitely strength in numbers.