As of 2:45 a.m., 95 women have won seats in the 116th Congress, with 4 races yet to be called in which both candidates are female, meaning there will be at least 99 women reporting to work at the Capitol in January of next year.
The lopsided victory for Ocasio-Cortez is hardly a surprise, given the deep blue nature of her Brooklyn district.
Lake said she hoped 2018 was a "breakthrough moment" for women, who now hold just 20 percent of seats in Congress.
Delmore said that many of these candidates adopted a new approach when campaigning for their various positions. But Trump, who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by a dozen women, fiercely defended Kavanaugh, to the delight of his most loyal supporters. Most were considered longshots.
In a rebuke to President Trump's Islamaphobia, she opened her victory speech in Minneapolis with the Arabic greeting "as-salam alaikum".
"I didn't run because my election would be historic".
"This is the year of the woman, and the fact that women were willing to put themselves on the line is important, whether they've been Republicans or Democrats", said Shalala, a first-time candidate for elected office. Tallahassee, Florida Mayor Andrew Gillum lost to Ron DeSantis, shooting down hopes that the Sunshine State would elect their first Black governor.
The Hawkeye State has never sent a woman to the House - until now.
Women are more likely than men to vote in both presidential and congressional midterm elections across all ethnicities, according to Dittmar's research and polling data. Stacey Abrams, one of 16 women running for governor this year, remains in a tight contest in Georgia.
In the months leading up to the election, Ocasio-Cortez lent her political star power to support other candidates and to mainstream bold progressive proposals like Medicare for All, debt-free college, and raising taxes on corporations and the ultra-wealthy.
"When it comes to women of color candidates, folks don't just talk about a glass ceiling - what they describe is a concrete one".
- Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids: America's first Native American women in Congress. Haaland has a long history in New Mexico State politics and working with native tribes.
In a story with parallels to Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley defeated a 10-term male incumbent, Mike Capuano, in the Democratic primary for a left-leaning district that includes much of Boston and Harvard University.
Now there are 84 women serving in the House of Representatives, according to The Los Angeles Times.