The new freshman class for the House of Representatives has raised the number of women in the Congress to its highest number ever. A video put out by Elle Magazine captures the congresswomen-elect reciting the preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
As a group, the class is revolutionary but as individuals, there are even more trailblazers of their own. The video first features Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress. It also shows Sharice Davids andDeb Haaland, the first Native American women in Congress, and Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim women. Debbie Murcaskal-Powell even recites a portion of the preamble in Spanish.
Watch the video below:
35 new women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, making this incoming class the most diverse in history. ELLE captured 27 of these Congresswomen-Elect reciting the preamble to the Constitution. pic.twitter.com/cyaiC5qj45
— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) December 4, 2018
The video highlights 27 of the 35 women that will soon join the House of Representatives: Sharice Davids, Veronica Escobar, Abby Finkenauer, Lizzie Fletcher, Sylvia Garcia, Mary Gay-Scanlon, Deb Haaland, Jahana Hayes, Katie Hill, Kendra Horn, Chrissy Houlahan, Elaine Luria, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Kim Schrier, Donna Shalala, Mikie Sherrill, Elissa Slotkin, Abigail Spanberger, Haley Stevens, Rashida Tlaib, Lori Trahan, Lauren Underwood, Jennifer Wexton, and Susan Wild.
Elle said they reached out to all 35 women, but some could not make it. Among them, the one Republican woman elected to the House this November — Carol Miller.
The video encapsulates the “pink wave” that the 2018 midterms tuned out to be. Beyond the House, more women were elected this year to public office in general than ever before. The incredible increase in women running and winning seems to be in retaliation to Presiden Donald Trump, whose election sparked the Women’s March. And while Republican women certainly had a share of the success, their numbers were far less.