Firsts

Yes, We Did

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Your DGB for today is to come up for air and pat yourself on the back.

Don’t let anyone tell you there was no Blue Wave yesterday. We had high expectations for these midterm elections, and yes, our boyfriend Beto lost. However, in NO WAY does that equal failure.

Not only did we take the House of Representatives, but we can celebrate many historic firsts this week.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/07/us/politics/how-democrats-took-the-house.html

In Colorado, Jared Polis became the nation’s first openly gay governor.

In New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29.

The first Muslim women ever elected to Congress are Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Imagine Mike Pence swearing them in.

Connecticut and Massachusetts elected their first Black congresswomen in Jahana Hayes and Ayanna Pressley, respectively.

Maine and South Dakota both elected their first female governors: Janet Mills and Kristi Noem.

Texas’ first Latinx congresswomen are Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia.

The first Native congresswomen in the US will be Sharice Davids of Kansas (who is also gay) and Deb Haaland of New Mexico.

Tennessee’s first woman senator is Marsha Blackburn. Meh.

The first women ever elected to the House of Representatives in Iowa are Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne.

Overall, our nation voted in a record number of women and minorities and representation is ALWAYS something to celebrate. Brag it up.


Firsts

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Your DGB for today is to watch the trailer for the new Time multimedia project called Firsts. http://time.com/watch-the-trailer-for-time-firsts/

Time is putting out a brand new project that we are beyond pumped for. It's a multimedia project featuring some of our favorite women like Hillary Clinton, Ava DuVernay, and Ellen DeGeneres. The book with interviews from all 45 women will be released in October, but you can watch the trailer now.

In addition to watching the trailer, we want you to help them find other women who have been firsts. You can share stories on social media using #SheIsTheFirst. Are you the first female mayor of your town? Were you the first female executive at your company? First female in your family to attend college? You may be featured.

Watch the trailer, send them your stories, and get inspired to do more. We still have so many glass ceilings to shatter. Let's do it together.