Empowering women in the midterm elections

Eight historic women were elected in this year’s midterm.


Jenna Tancredi '21

Artwork by Jenna Tancredi ’21 representing a women’s rights protest.

Lilly Bradfield, Staff Writer

In the recent midterms eight women were elected to office in what many are calling “historic victories.”

“Going to an all girls school and having women in the political viewpoint is very empowering for me because it helps me believe that I can do something like that in the future if I want to,” Katherine Dougherty ‘24 said.

 Vermont was the only state to have never elected a woman to congress, but that changed when Democrat Becca Balint won the state’s seat in the House of Representatives. 

Not only is she the first woman to represent Vermont, but also, the first openly LGBTQ person in Vermont’s congress.  

Historic results include: 

  • Arkansas, New York and Massachusetts elected their first female governors.
  • Republican Katie Britt was the first elected female senator for Alabama which is a huge milestone for the state.
  •  The first out lesbian governor in the US, Maura Healey, was elected in Massachusetts.
  • Democrat Delia Ramirez is the first Latina ever to be elected to congress in all of Illinois history.
  • Marcy Kaptur of Ohio will be the longest serving woman in Congress after winning her 21st term.
  • Democrat Shirley Weber is California’s first elected black Secretary of State

 The recent Midterm election was especially important this year because more and more barriers are being broken for women in politics.

 “It’s great progress for the United States that more women are getting elected and now there are more female voices in politics which show different perspectives,” Ava Smith ‘26 said.