From the Women's March opposing President Donald Trump the day after he was inaugurated in January 2017 through a stream of sexual assault accusations later that year that sparked the (hash) MeToo movement, outrage and organizing by women have defined Democratic Party politics this election cycle.
In a tweet sent early Wednesday morning, Stefanik congratulated Ocasio-Cortez and said she would "proudly hand off that mantle to" the young congresswoman-elect.
The elections saw the Democrats take the House of Representatives, with a majority of 222 reps so far.
Veronica Escobar earned 68 percent of the vote in her bid to fill the Texas 16th district seat vacated by Beto O'Rourke when he ran for senate.
The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and is expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections.
Davids also became the second-ever lesbian woman elected to Congress.
"Now you don't have to worry if you're going to call me congressman or congresswoman or congress lady", Blackburn said in her victory speech.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old Hispanic activist who won a surprising primary victory against a 10-term white incumbent, is the youngest woman elected to Congress. Ayanna Pressley, a 44-year-old member of the Boston City Council who scored a similar upset win, is the first black woman elected to Congress from MA.
The record-breaking number of women on ballots across the country included Republican Marsha Blackburn who was quick to thank voters for electing her the first woman ever to represent Tennessee in the United States Senate. The US has also voted in its first openly gay governor as minorities and marginalised groups increase their voices on Capitol Hill after the midterms. After eight years in the US House, she was one of the rare high-profile Republican women seeking a promotion in a campaign year defined more by the enthusiasm of Democratic women and the proliferation of Democratic female candidates. She will represent a district that includes parts of Queens and the Bronx in New York City. The victory comes with a few key losses though.
All across the country, female candidates ran for office and won in record numbers. Mills, a Democrat, previously served as Maine's attorney general. And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organiser who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress.