By Jenine Samara '22
The Midterm Election of 2018 brought us into some uncharted territory. It was a night of many notable firsts.
An especially monumental event took place in Staten Island and Bay Ridge, where candidate Max Rose (D) shifted the 11th Congressional Seat to the Democratic Party. Since the 11th Congressional District is primarily comprised of Staten Island, it tends to lean Republican. However, Max Rose (D) brought a “blue wave” to the district, which kept both Staten Island and Bay Ridge as the topic of political conversation throughout election night.
This local shift was indicative of a bigger change that happened later that night. Although the Senate majority remained Republican, the House flipped in favor of the Democrats. This will have striking effects on the way that Washington operates and we can only wait to see what the next two years have in store.
In addition to the astonishing partisan shifts, women also created a wave of their own, emerging victoriously with a number of firsts. We have witnessed the first Muslim congresswoman, the youngest congresswoman in US history, the first Palestinian congresswoman, the first Latinx congresswoman, the first female senator of Tennessee, and the first Native American congresswoman.
This bodes well for us as young women. The glass ceiling that has hovered above women throughout time is slowly yet surely being shattered by ambitious women such as these. All in all, it was an evening of shifts, swerves, surprises and most importantly, strides toward change.