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15 Women Of Color Who Made History In The 2018 Midterm Elections

The face of politics is changing for the better. 

It's been proven time and time again that women rule the world. The midterm elections welcomed record-breaking numbers for women with 84 percent of them being women of color. While the numbers weren't completely on our side, there were an overwhelming amount of history-making elections across the country.

From roles of judges to the senate and house seats, women of color like Letitia James, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar fought for education, economic justice for working families and healthcare. There's also black women, the most overwhelmingly Democratic group in America, that continued to show out for Andrew Gillium in Florida, Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Beto O'Rourke in Texas.

Below are just some of the women who made history on election night.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, is the youngest woman elected to Congress in US history. Rep. Abby Finkenauer joined Ocasio-Cortez in also becoming one of the youngest women ever elected to Congress. Like Ocasio-Cortez, the Iowa Democrat is 29-years-old.

Learn more about Ocasio-Cortez here.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Learn more about Tlaib here and Omar here.

Ilhan Omar is also the first Somali-American woman in Congress.

In New York, Letitia James becomes the first woman in New York to be elected as attorney general, the first African-American woman to be elected to statewide office and the first black person to serve as attorney general.

Learn more about Letitia James here.

Democrats Sharice Davids (left), a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and Deb Haaland (right), a member of New Mexico's Laguna Pueblo people are the first Indigenous women in Congress. Davids is also the first openly LGBTQ+ person to represent Kansas in Congress.

Learn more about Davids here and Haaland here.

Lauren Underwood, elected to represent Illinois’ 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, makes history as the first woman and first African-American elected to represent the district.

Learn more about Underwood below and here.

Young Kim is highly to become the first Korean-American woman in Congress.

Learn more about Kim below.

Jahana Hayes (D-CT) is the first black woman in Connecticut history to be elected to the House of Representatives.

Learn more about the former teacher of the year here.

El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar (left) and Sylvia Garcia (right), a Democratic state senator, are Texas' first-ever Latina women in Congress.

Learn about Escobar and Garcia here.

Ayanna Pressley has become Massachusetts' first African-American congresswoman.

Learn more about Pressley here.

Juliana Stratton is the first black women to serve as lieutenant governor of Illinois.

Learn more for Stratton here.

Colombian-born Lina Hildago will now serve as a Harris County judge in Houston, TX. The 27-year-old dethroned Ed Emmett, who had the position for 11 years.

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