It’s the most diverse group we’ve ever seen, and many who helped make it happen say it’s about time.
“I think it’s a big watershed moment for the country,” Vanguard president TJ Bucholz said. “I mean, to have the first Muslim-American woman elected into office is truly, I think, indicative of the fabric of our country, that our Congress starts to look more like us as a people.”
Bucholz worked with Michigan’s own Rashida Tlaib, who is one of the first two Muslims ever elected to the House of Representatives. She joins 126 other women in Congress, including some who made history in their home states by winning in November. Native Americans joined Congress for the first time as well, bringing the branch closer to fully representing the entire country.
“That’s amazing,” says Michigan Women Forward president Carolyn Cassin. “We actually have a legislature that reflects all of us. So great things can happen.”
It is an historic achievement, but Bucholz says the work to represent all of the United States can’t stop with this election.
“If we had elected every woman here into Congress, which we did not, women would still be in the minority,” Bucholz says. “So I think that we have more work to do. But it’s an exciting moment for our country. It’s exciting to see such diversity in our Congress.”
And Cassin says she hopes the women of Congress will live up to their potential to get things done.
“Let’s really think differently, think creatively, listen to each other, and let’s make this world a better place because of these incredible people that are now serving.”