“The Firsts”: How Freshman Rep. Sharice Davids Showed Up for Her Community

The new women of Congress, many of them firsts from their racial or ethnic group to serve in their district—or, as in Rep. Sharice Davids’s case, the nation—undertook their roles beyond lawmaking.

(The following is an excerpt from Chapter 8 of “The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress,” by New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer.)