History made as two Muslim women elected to House of Representatives

History made as two Muslim women elected to House of Representatives

At her victory speech, Pressley told her cheering supporters that women of colour have had to create "seismic shifts" in order to break through barriers that have kept them from office. "Rock a black leather jacket?" "We're doing something disruptive, challenging conventional wisdom, narratives and norms about who has a right to run, when you can run, and whether or not you can win". We ran to make change, and change is on the way'. Pressley asked on Tuesday night, garnering cheers.

The House of Representatives will have two Muslim women among its members for the first time.

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Pressley, 44, had received an endorsement from former President Barack Obama last month, and New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in September.

It wasn't exactly a nail-biter because she was running unopposed, but now it's official: Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley has become the first black woman elected to represent MA in Congress.

Pressley campaigned on the need to change the House's status quo. But the white, middle-aged incumbent didn't look like many voters in his district, even though Pressley herself had bristled at the notion that race was a defining issue in the contest.

But Pressley also made clear the importance of diversity in the nation's halls of power. She was especially nonplussed by how the Democratic Party hadn't been rallying around her.

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