'First women' of Congress most racially diverse batch in US, shatter glass ceilings

Congress now has a record 127 women - out of these, 47 are women of colour - according to Rutgers University's Centre for Women and Politics.
Congress now has a record 127 women - out of these, 47 are women of colour - according to Rutgers University's Centre for Women and Politics.PHOTO: AFP

Class of 2019, most racially diverse batch in US, shatters glass ceilings to gain House seats

The hoop earrings and bright red lipstick that Ms Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore when sworn in as the youngest ever Congresswoman were not a look often seen in the House.

Neither was the headscarf donned by Ms Ilhan Omar or the traditional Palestinian thobe worn by Ms Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 13, 2019, with the headline ''First women' of Congress'. Print Edition | Subscribe