Divisive Trump era ushers record number of women into US Congress

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Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI, both Democrats, will be the first Muslim-American women to serve in the House.

A former National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, will become Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Newcomer Ayanna Pressley of MA who ousted a 10-term incumbent in the primary will become the first black congresswoman from MA.

Pressley was the first black woman to serve on Boston's city council and made history again after defeating the 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in the primary.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organiser who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress. Meanwhile the Arizona senate race is too close to call, but either Republican or Democrat, the victor will be the state's first woman in the seat.

Democratic senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota lost their races, while Republican representative Marsha Blackburn became the first woman elected to the US Senate from Tennessee.

Women won more seats than ever before in the US House after a record number of female candidates were on ballots across the country, fueled by Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump. Many were by spurred by Mr Trump's treatment of women and the #MeToo movement along with wider fallout from the 2016 election, in which the first female major party presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, faced attacks based on her gender. Although the House of Representatives fell under control of the Democrats, many were disappointed at the lack of greater electoral successes.

And some history hangs in the balance - in the contentious Georgia governor's race, Stacey Abrams stands to be the first black female governor, and she's waiting until all votes are counted before conceding to her opponent who held a tiny margin ahead of her at press time.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, congresswoman-elect for New York's 14th district.

When Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia take their seats in January with the 2018 class, they will be the first Latinas ever to represent Texas in the U.S. House. Tlaib also becomes the first Palestinian-American in Congress and Omar the first Somali-American.

One self-described feminist claimed that women who voted for Republicans were the "foot soldiers of the patriarchy", but, luckily for white women, she is considering saving them from being "brainwashed" by men.

Before Tuesday's elections, women made up a record 20% of Congress - 23% of the Senate and 19% of the House.

■In Connecticut, educator Jahana Hayes won the state's Fifth District race and will be the first black woman to represent Connecticut in the House. Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state.

On Tuesday night Stevens, a 35-year old who served on Obama's Auto Task Force, won her race to represent Michigan's 11th district.

In response to these posts, many felt that these comments were not only racially charged, but they were anti-feminist because they essentially relay that white women aren't capable of voting for issues that are important to women. When she's sworn in, she'll be the youngest women to ever serve in Congress. Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas.

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