At last Monday's Lower School Community Meeting, fourth grader Leela masterfully presented her current event on the growing number of women in Congress, particularly women of color, which resulted in the most racially and ethnically diverse 2018 midterm elections in history.
Leela opened the meeting with several facts on seven diverse women of color making history in 2019: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress. Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids are the first Native American women elected to Congress. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Ayanna Pressley is Massachusetts’ first Black Congresswoman. Veronica Escobar is Texas’ first Latina Congresswoman.
Leela also informed us of the first woman ever elected to the Congress -- Jeannette Rankin in 1917. Between 1917 and 1950, only nine more women were elected to Congress. Fifty years later, the number increased to 67 and within less than twenty years later, there are almost double the number of congresswomen, totaling 127. And the 116th Congress is the most racially and ethnically diverse to date. Big kudos to Leela for her outstanding presentation.