The historic wins for women on Election Day were also victories for the Affordable Care Act and the people who rely on its benefits—and that’s no coincidence.
At least 110 women will serve in the U.S. House and Senate next year, accounting for 20 percent of all seats in Congress. And at least 60 percent of them are former Girl Scouts.
We asked experts on gender, race and politics to weigh in on the 2018 election results, sharing their reactions to what happened and insights and analyses from research, practice and personal sentiments.
“At a time like this, we need an experienced Speaker of the House who has a proven record of passing landmark legislation that improves the lives of the American people. That leader, without a shadow of a doubt, is Nancy Pelosi.”
Exhausted, but exhilarated. That pretty much sums up how I (and probably most Ms. readers!) feel about last week’s midterm elections.
Black women’s leadership and GOTV efforts led Black women candidates to victory, and the Black women we elected will lead the country on a new path toward equality and justice for all. But we had to overcome monumental hurdles to get to these victories—with some voters still fighting today to ensure their ballots from Tuesday are counted.
When you combine the power of women candidates and women voters, there is nothing we can’t achieve. The 2018 midterms proved that.
We should be proud of what we have accomplished during this election for women and for the future of our democracy.
I’m voting today to honor those who went before me and fought, tooth and nail, to ensure that I could. And I’m voting to make sure their vision of a more just and equal world gets a little closer to becoming a reality.
For too long, gender has determined who holds the decision-making power in this country and around the world—and that needs to change.