How women are
changing the face
History will be made in America on 3 January when a record number of women are sworn in as part of the 116th Congress.
It will be the culmination of two years of resistance to President Donald Trump - primarily led by women - following his unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The day after his inauguration, millions of women joined protests against him across the country.
As the mid-term elections approached, Democrats saw a surge of women who wanted to represent the party - a stark contrast to previous years when they appeared reluctant to enter politics.
This led to suggestions that 2018 could become another “Year of the Woman” - a reference to the 1992 elections in which the number of women in Congress nearly doubled.
That jump 26 years ago was put down to a controversy over claims of sexual assault against a Supreme Court nominee - a situation similar to the case of Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.
Here's how the mid-term results have changed the make-up of Congress and a look at some of the women leading that change.
300 women filed to
run for Congress.
of women candidates
rose to a record 529.
stood as Democrats.
were chosen to be their
party's official nominee.
of Congress overall.
were standing for the
House – the lower
chamber of Congress.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders volunteer, is the youngest woman ever to win a seat in Congress.
The 29-year-old, a Bronx native from a Puerto Rican family, overcame a top Democrat to become her party's nominee for a House seat in New York.
A year before she was elected, she was working in a bar in Manhattan.
In a video that launched her campaign, and quickly went viral, she said: "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office."
Ilhan Omar, 37, is one of two Democrats to become the first Muslim-American women to enter Congress. She won a House seat in Minnesota.
Born in Somalia, Ms Omar and her family fled the country's civil war in 1991. She arrived in the US as a teenager after spending four years at a refugee camp in Kenya.
She is also the first Somali-American member of Congress.
Speaking after her win, Ms Omar said Minnesota was delivering a clear message by sending a Somali refugee to Congress at a time when President Trump had banned Somalis from entering the country.
Ms Omar will be joined in Congress by Rashida Tlaib, a Muslim woman who won a House seat in Michigan. The 42-year-old is also the first Palestinian-American congresswoman.
Deb Haaland, 58, is one of two Democrats to become the first Native American women in Congress.
Ms Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, won a House seat in New Mexico. During the campaign she spoke of her own struggles as a single mother relying on food stamps.
The other Native American woman to be elected is Sharice Davids, a 38-year-old former mixed martial arts fighter. She is also the first openly gay woman to represent Kansas.