In response to a record number of women being elected to Congress on Tuesday night, Aimee Allison, founder of She The People and president of Democracy in Color released the following statement:
“Women of color have shown the country that we are the saving graces of our democracy. We took back the House thanks to an unprecedented number of female candidates who ran for the first time. Victories by Deb Haaland, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Lauren Underwood, Sharice Davis, Jahana Hayes, Ayanna Pressley, Veronica Escobar, Sylvia Garcia, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ushered a new era in politics, one that is just coming into view. To the thousands of organizers and leaders on the ground, and to the millions of women that proved our progressive and democratic might at the polls — we see you and thank you.
“The work that women of color have done over the last year to register voters and organize communities in states in every region created a path to victory for these inspiring candidates. The political vision of women of color candidates across the country gave voters a compelling reason to go to the polls. We proved, once and for all, that women of color can build winning multiracial coalitions that stand for justice in America. Because of the collective work, of women of color, the country can collectively celebrate historic wins in Congress, governorships, and statewide races. The country should continue to follow women of color right into 2020.”