New Era with more Elected Women In US Government

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New Era with more Elected Women In US Government

The US mid-term elections made history on diversity. Unprecedented numbers of women were voted into office, many from various ethnic and religious backgrounds.

November 19, 2018 • Communications

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The US mid-term election ushered in a record number of women to the House — nearly 100, surpassing the previous record of 84.

Many of the women elected were also of various ethnic and religious backgrounds, making it a very diverse group of women joining the government.

One such example is Ilhan Omar, the first Somali and Muslim congresswoman in US history, and Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib, of Palestinian origin.

Nayma Qayum is an assistant professor at Manhattanville College, specializing in women and politics.

Speaking to RFI's Philip Turle, she begins by explaining why this is making headlines across the world.