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Her Voice Matters: When Women Run for Office
Tara Christie Kinsey

At Hewitt, we work day in and day out to ensure that our girls and young women access and use their voices, and it is well known that graduates of girls' schools are significantly more likely to run for student government on college campuses and beyond. 

In yesterday’s midterm elections, our nation felt just a bit more like Hewitt, as women shattered records of every kind. An unprecedented number of women–more than 270–ran for Congress and governor, and an unprecedented 117 women were elected (100 Democrats, 17 Republicans), including 42 women of color. With votes still trickling in, 96 women have been elected to the U.S. House, 12 women to the U.S. Senate, and 9 women to serve as governor.
Beyond the numbers, there were also many firsts:

  • Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland became the first Native American women elected to Congress
  • Ayanna Pressley became the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts
  • Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim American women elected to Congress
  • Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia became the first Latina women elected to Congress from Texas
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress (at 29 years old!)

I urge you to explore this illustrative overview from the Los Angeles Times about the success of women who ran for public office yesterday. 

Though yesterday also revealed, as one BBC broadcaster put it this morning, that we remain “the (Dis)United States of America,” and we still clearly have a long road ahead to do the bipartisan work necessary to bridge the great gulf that seems fixed between people in America, I hope that you will join me in celebrating the many successes of women all over this country yesterday. For us, this work starts now at Hewitt. Just yesterday on our campus, we announced the new representatives to upper school student council, and last week, our middle school student council ran their first student-led event. 

Last but not least, I encourage each and every one of you to talk with our girls and young women about the power they have in using their voice, the power they have in standing for something and running for office, and the power they have when they realize just how much their voice matters. 

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