PharmaLogics is thrilled to see so many women elected to office in the midterm election. As staunch advocates for gender equality, these elections signify a progressive change in our political representation and offer an opportunity for meaningful impact on our legislation. Of the 277 female candidates up for Congress and Governor, 117 won their midterms with results still pending for 19 women.
A few of the women who have made huge strides for equality in politics this year:
Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, one of the brightest stars for the Democratic Party this election, defeated Republican Anthony Pappas in NY, making her the youngest women to serve in Congress at the age of 29. With more than 75% of the vote, Ocasio-Cortez has had an incredible journey to her Congressional seat, as she was working in a bar just over a year ago to support her family.
Ayanna Pressley’s “Change Can’t Wait” campaign earned her more than half the vote in Massachusetts’ 7th district. She not only defeated 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in the primary but became the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.
Sharice Davids’ win is a double whammy as she becomes Kansas’ first gay representative in Congress and one of the first two Native American women (She is joined by New Mexico’s, Deb Haaland who also won Tuesday) to serve in Congress.
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Tlaib was arrested protesting a Trump rally which made her win even more meaningful.
While all the women involved in the midterm election have their own stories and bring unique qualities to Congress, one thing is clear; women are heading to the House of Representatives in record-shattering numbers and we are ready for them to bring about much-needed change.
Congratulations to all the women from the PharmaLogics team and we’re excited to see the impact you have and the example you set as our leaders for the next 4 years. Follow PharmaLogics if you want to learn more about these 100 plus women. We plan to highlight one every week for the rest of the year.