The increase in female participation and the possible arrival of the first indigenous woman to the US Congress could mark historical events in the legislative elections of November 6
Women in the United States are already the protagonists of a historical event. According to data from the Center for American Women and Politics Eagleton Institute of Politics Rutgers, women broke the political participation record of 2016, when there were 167 candidates for the House of Representatives. In fact they will be 235 in the legislative elections of November 6, 2018. There will be 22 more candidates for the Senate than in 2012 when there was 18. But there are more historical facts.
After Trump taking office and despite his scandals, women are saying: here we are and we go for the power. Being a majority, if they win many spaces in Congress they will have the authority to judge Trump's work, as well as decide whether or not to approve his government policies. The profiles of women who sought to reach the United States Congress used to be marked by heirs of political dynasties and lawyers. Now the panorama is painted by activists and teachers.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: the Latina who broke with the establishment
An example of this is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who at 29 years of age would be the youngest congresswoman in Washington if she makes it, as the director of development of the organization Emily's List, Vanessa Cárdenas, points out to El País of Spain.
Ocasio defeated Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary, seeking to be a candidate for the Bronx-Queens district, a position he held in the House of Representatives since 1999. Ocasio, of Latin origin, has broken with the establishment in which women with a reputation were those who aspired to important positions such as Congress.
In her case, she went from being a waitress in a taquería in Manhattan to competing for a major position in the United States. This simple fact is already historic in the face of the legislative elections on November 6.
The first indigenous woman who could reach the US Congress
Debra Haaland, if she wins, would become the first indigenous woman to compose the Congress of the United States. She is from the New Mexico Democratic Party and a Native American who seeks to fight for the rights of minorities. She could win, because the District 1 of the State of New Mexico that she aspires to represent is made up of democrats, reviews the agency EFE.
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"We have not been represented for a long time and I am honored to be a minority in politics in 2018. I will work hard to achieve this position, and thus put the effort to help other women and minorities in the country," she said in an interview at the end of August 2018.
The Muslim who disputes a seat in Congress
Of Palestinian origin, the lawyer and politician Rashida H. Tlaib of 42 years could hold a position in the Congress of the United States in the legislative. If so, it will slap Trump's rhetoric against Muslims, who have stigmatized them negatively as terrorists, something that is a great obstacle for those who have done well in life and seek a job in the US, reviews the Public portal.
"I will fight against any racist and oppressive structure that needs to be dismantled," Tlaib told US media after winning the Democratic Party primary to run for a seat in Congress for the State of Michigan.
Women in power, that is the slogan that occupies the international media that see women not only as the historical protagonist of the legislative elections but as the one in charge of defining the course of Trump's policies.
Latin American Post | Edwin Guerrero Nova
Translated from "Elecciones en EE.UU.: Estas son las 3 mujeres que podrían hacer historia"
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