It’s a historic day for women in government, as the 116th Congress ushers in the most diverse set of lawmakers in history.
The ceremony, which happened at noon in Washington, D.C., brought in a record number of women in Congress, the youngest congresswoman, as well as the first Muslim women and the first Native-American women. And it looks like your new congresswomen are already having a great time making history.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who at 29 years old is the youngest woman elected to Congress, wore a pair of gold hoop earrings and a white pantsuit for the swearing-in ceremony — an outfit that’s been noted for its history as a significant symbol in the suffragette movement.
On the way to be sworn in, Ocasio-Cortez shared a sweet moment with a Capitol employee, who congratulated her on her seat.
Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women to be elected, also wore white, as well as an orange head scarf. Omar, also the first Somali-American member of Congress, also tweeted that for her swearing-in, she landed in the same airport that she and her father flew into when they first arrived as refugees from Kenya.
Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress (as well as one of the first Muslim women, along with Omar), took in her ceremony in a Palestinian thobe, while Deb Haaland, one of the first Native-American women elected, wore traditional pueblo clothing.
After Tlaib cast her first vote, her sons dabbed.
Ayanna Pressley, the first black woman to represent Massachusetts, spent the historic day with her step-daughter, Cora, who had been watching with happy tears when Pressley won her primary back in September.