Women continue to make significant strides in many important fields that affect our lives.
If there were any doubts, they should be dispelled by the recent midterm elections, in which a record number of women were elected at all levels of government.
Nationally, close to 100 women won election to the 435-member House of Representatives, up from the current 84. And 24 women will be serving in the United States Senate — that’s another record.
Several of these women achieved noteworthy “firsts.”
For example, Democrats Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim women elected to Congress, representing Minnesota and Michigan, respectively. Republican Marsha Blackburn became Tennessee’s first female senator. In New Mexico and Wisconsin, Democrats Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids became the first Native American women elected to Congress.
Noteworthy for union members, many of the victorious women joining Congress next January are allies of the Labor Movement, including Kyrsten Sinema, who became the first woman to represent Arizona in the Senate; Ayanna Pressley, the first African American to serve Massachusetts in the House; and Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, who will be the first Latinas representing Texas in the House.
A record number of women also will be serving as governors, including newly-elected Laura Kelly of Kansas, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Janet Mills of Maine, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. They join incumbent women governors Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Kate Brown of Oregon, Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island and Kay Ivey of Alabama.
At Local 1167, we’re especially proud of the women we actively supported for election, including State Controller Betty Yee, State Treasurer Fiona Ma, U.S. Rep Norma Torres, State Sen. Connie M. Leyva, and Assembly members Eloise Reyes Gomez and Sabrina Cervantes.
We’re also proud to note that many other women who support our cause were elected throughout California. We’d list them all, but we wouldn’t be able to fit them all into Rosie’s Corner!
Women still have a way to go before we achieve full equality in government service, not to mention other fields including business, science, technology, sports and the military.
But we’ve made important progress in all of these fields, and we will make still more progress as long as we keep trying!