Maybe we will survive the Trump presidency after all. It’s about to be a lot harder to get that wall (and all those other ridiculous demands) when there is the largest amount of women, people of color, and minorities in the Congress that has ever been seen in US history. On January 3rd, members of the House and Senate were sworn in making up the 116th Congress, and it was clear that things in the US government were changing. Historically, this country has been run by old white men who tend to speak out on other people’s lives and experiences as well as social issues without being able to relate. However, now there is more representation for those who need it the most, which will change some of the laws and policies that are enforced in this country. This monumental time in history will never be forgotten, because it was obviously the Congress of many firsts such as:
First Native American Women in Congress
Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico
First Muslim American Women in Congress
Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Ilhan Omar
First Black Female House Member from Massachusetts
Democrat Ayanna Pressley
First Black Congresswoman from Connecticut
Democrat Jahana Hayes
Youngest Woman in Congress
New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the age of 29.
The 116th Congress has a record high of over 100 women and holds so many powerful and inspirational representatives that are focused on breaking barriers and making a positive change for this country. It’s their time to show up and show out, and since this government is finally starting to look like the people it represents, it’s going to be exciting to see how things change with this newfound diversity that it has.
By Kyla Hubbard, Junior, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School