Women in politics are the new, unexceptional normal

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November 9, 2018

Women in politics are the new, unexceptional normal

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By Soraya Chemaly,

The midterm elections saw a cascade of historical firsts for women, as the first Muslim women (Democrat Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Democrat Ilhan Omar, a Somali American former refugee in Minnesota) and Texas’ first Latinas (Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia) will be joining the House, and Republican Marsha Blackburn became the first woman elected to the Senate from Tennessee. A record number of women — at least 118, possibly more, after all the tallies are in — will serve in the 116th Congress when it is seated in January.

Yet as exceptional as these results were, the election was historic for women because so much about their involvement was unexceptional.

Click here to read the full article published by Longview News Journal on 9 November 2018.

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