News media put in the pillory or on a pedestal. The new Congresswomen who won the midterm elections last week have been on the later.
They come with inspiring stories. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the youngest people ever elected to Congress, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress and Ayanna Pressley is the first black woman in Massachusetts to serve in Congress.
However, good stories and a record number of women elected in midterm elections can hide the fact that these pathbreaking women from a diverse background are still a handful in Congress.
Furthermore, while the Democrats claimed their victories, which indeed allowed the party to regain control of the House of Representatives, many of these soon-to-be Congresswomen ran in spite of the democratic party, who did not endorse them.
What they did have, however, are their years of service in local and state legislatures, where they cut their chops and built a strong profile and platform with their work for constituents and voters, as Ilhan Omar who served in the Minnesota State Senate and the Minnesota Department of Education.