Americans elected a record number of women to the U.S. House in the 2018 midterms.
As of early Wednesday afternoon, with a few tight races still left to call, there were at least 96 women elected to the House ― including at least 40 women of color ― reaching a historic high.
Several women elected to Congress on Tuesday night will be sure to go down in America’s history books: Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota became the first Muslim women elected to the body, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York became the youngest congresswoman ever, at age 29. Ayanna Pressley became the first black congresswoman out of Massachusetts.
A wave of women was inspired to run for office for the first time after Donald Trump won the presidency. Trump has had an ongoing history of making sexist comments about women and has also been accused of sexual misconduct or assault by more than 20 women.