Finally, Congress Starts to Resemble America

Finally, Congress Starts to Resemble America

The 116th Congress will show off American diversity more than ever before. It's been a long time coming.

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On November 7, America elected its most diverse Congress ever.

The midterm elections for the Senate and House of Representatives brought in a record number of politicians from all sorts of cultural and religious backgrounds. Their victories mark a new milestone in the demographic makeup of Congress, which has historically been dominated by white men.

Congress's past members and their characteristics prove just how far the country has come. In the 79th Congress, which took office in 1945, only 1% of members were nonwhite. That same year, not a single woman served in the entire Congress, comprising approximately 535 lawmakers.

Sixteen years later, only three African Americans and twenty women held seats in the House or Senate, and though this rose to seventeen African American members by 1981, only one woman was added in that time. Native Americans, followed by Asian Americans and Hispanics, are the least represented minorities in Congress. Growth in the number of members from these backgrounds has been the slowest by far.

In 1982, with passage of the Voting Rights Act, representation of minorities skyrocketed, thanks to the redrawing of district lines throughout the United States. A similar thing occurred in 1992; after what had largely been seen as the insensitive handling of Anita Hill's testimony during the Clarence Thomas Senate hearings prompted a record number of women to run for office.

Though the most recent midterm outcomes are more the product of slow change than one groundbreaking event (though, you could argue that the somewhat successful "blue wave" played a role -- women and minorities make up a majority of the Democratic party at present, compared to the 88% white male Republican House membership) they proved to be significant. On Wednesday, a record number of women -- one hundred! -- became part of the 116th Congress, including the first Native American and Muslim women to ever serve.

Massachusetts and Connecticut elected their first African American Congresswomen, Democrats Ayanna Pressley and Jahana Hayes. Texas elected its first Latina Congresswomen, Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar, both Democrats. And Iowa elected women to the House for the first time in its history -- Democrats Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne. Not to mention, Arizona and Tennessee both elected their first female senators.

The election of a more diverse Congress means that the United States government will begin to better resemble America's diverse population. In 2017, about 20.7% of Congress was female, compared to the 50.8% female population of the whole United States. Though Hispanics made up 18.1% of the population that same year, their representation in Congress -- 8.5% -- was little more than half that. Finally, those of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry made up a little over three percent of the Congress last year, half of their total presence in the United States population, standing at six percent. The results of this last election stand to shift these percentages and make them more equal on each side, painting a more accurate picture of America's diversity.

Not only did the midterms have implications for Congress's demographics, but also for the kinds of legislation it passes. In the past, the addition of more women and minorities in Congress has led to more legislation attentive to the interests and issues of these groups. In other words: progress leads to more progress.

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6 Habits For Women Who Want To Live And Love To Their Fullest

A simply sweet story about finding more joy because I was inspired by a friend's beautiful heart, and I hope that you too are inspired and find what makes you happy.

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I was inspired by a friend the other day to write this post. It's so funny how some people seem to bring out the best in us or that words they say can trigger us. Meeting up with my old friend and reconnecting always brings an overwhelming amount of joy.

Here are my recommendations to bring around better vibes!!!

1. I'm recommending being around high-quality people. Personally, I'm most joyful when I'm around people that bring me up and who love and support me. This sounds like a duh, but seriously we have all had that friend or so-called friend who really doesn't do that for us. So my number one tip would be to find friends that seek to make you rise. That tell you when your behavior needs checking. That celebrated with and for you when your accomplished something. That cry by your side when things are not right, it may be a boy, a job gone bad, a failed paper, big or small they have your back. So find yourself your girl gang. Mines small, but I have complete trust in them and that's what makes all the difference.

2. Practice being joyful. What I mean by this is if your not very happy fake it and keep PRACTICING being happy. Eventually, you will be. So how do you practice being happy?

Journal what you're thankful for.
Do a random act of kindness for someone else.
Being the bigger person.
Pray.
Give people genuine compliments.
Smile.

Trust me these little or simple things can brighten your day.

3. Realize that you're not alone. There are so many people around us so when you find the right ones talk to them. Get out whatever is holding you back off your chest. Tell someone you trust what's up and I'd recommending praying too. There is so much out there that's bigger than ourselves and many people can relate to you so, don't be afraid to ask for help or advice if you need it. As well try not to get too down on yourself.

4. Find peace in your heart. This doesn't mean forget what hurt you or allow a toxic person in your life but to be present and in the moment you need to settle your past. Make sure that you are forgiving to others and that you be a bigger person, to move forward.

5. Give to others. The next thing I'd recommend is to serve someone else. It always feels good after to give your time, support, a gift, or wisdom to someone that's in need of it. I know you are looking to be happier but sometimes the way to unlock this is by helping someone else so seek to always be kind to others. Only seeking more for yourself leads to selfishness and greed which ultimately never are going to leave you fulfilled.

6. Lastly, I'd recommend listening to happy music, helpful podcasts, go to church, or pick up a new exciting hobby, such a painting. Just do something that makes you feel good.

Hopefully, these tips help to make you find more happiness in your everyday life. They are simple and very Manageable if you just make the time to do them.

Best of luck girlies, xoxo

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Golden Globes Fashion RECAP

Here's a recap of some of my favorite, and least favorite, looks from the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.

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The red carpet at the Golden Globes was filled with a lot of different looks. Here's my recap of the fashion where I give my favorite and least favorite looks different awards.

My Favorite Look Of The Night

KiKi Layne Golden Globes 2019

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My favorite look of the night was KiKi Layne in Dior. She wore a light purple chiffon gown which was simple yet elegant. My favorite part of the dress was the open corset bodice, which gave the dress a unique look. Her makeup looked flawless, and she paired the dress with a Bulgari diamond choker and her hair in an up-do. Her look was my favorite because of the simplicity yet elegance.

Most Head-Turning Look Of The Night

Lady Gaga Golden Globes 2019

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Lady Gaga showed up to the Golden Globes and caught everyone's attention in her Valentino purple blue gown with big puffy sleeves. Although I wasn't the biggest fan of her look, Gaga definitely caught everyone's attention and took a risk by wearing the purple blue shade. Her hair also matched her colorful dress, she died it a frosty blue shade. She paired the dress with a Tiffany diamond encrusted necklace and bracelets to complete the look.

The Perfect Combo of Color and Sparkle

Lupita Nyong'o Golden Globes 2019

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Lupita Nyong'o looked stunning in a royal blue sparkly Calvin Klein dress. Her dress was strapless and form-fitting, which showed off her model frame. Her hair was gathered above her shoulders and she paired dangly Bulgari diamond earrings to compliment the sparkles on her dress. Although sparkly and colorful, she was able to pull it off by pairing it with simple accessories.

The Unconventional Approach

Julia Roberts Golden Globes 2019

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Julia Roberts took a risk by wearing a Stella McCartney ensemble that was not a dress or pants, but a combo of the two. The top was a tan chiffon material which then cascaded down her back to give the outfit a train in the same material. The top was attached to a black skinny pant. This look was interesting, but it worked. The more I looked at it, the more I loved it. Her hair was curled into beauty waves and she looked stylish and chic.

Simple- But Not Enough Glam

Rachel Brosnahan Golden Globes 2019

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Rachel Brosnahan showed up to the red carpet in a yellow Prada dress. Although her look wasn't awful by any means, it wasn't show stopping. Her look didn't have any aspects that made it different or made you want to do a double-take. Her makeup, hair, jewelry, and dress were all simple. To balance her simple dress, she could have done a makeup look with more color, or done her hair differently.

My Least Favorite Look of The Night

Emma Stone Golden Globes 2019

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As much as I love Emma Stone as an actress, her Louis Vuitton dress was my LEAST favorite of the entire night. She was completely covered in the dress. The dress looked sheer with sparkle scallop shapes all over the dress. Paired with Emma's fair complexion, the dress blended into her skin. The dress also hung off her slim frame, and made it look like it was too big for her body.

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