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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shares powerful photo of diverse new wave of US congresswomen


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has posted a powerful photo of some of the Democratic Party's incoming congresswomen.

Rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has shared a photo of some of the history-making women in her party about to start their tenure in US Congress.

On Wednesday, Ms Ocasio-Cortez posted the Vanity Fair photo on Instagram, featuring herself, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Deb Haaland, Veronica Escobar and Sharice Davids.

"We're in the building. Swearing in tomorrow," she wrote.

The congresswomen-elect will join the 116th Congress as new members on Thursday.

Each of the group made history at the November 2018 midterms, where the Democrats swept to power in the House of Representatives.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks at Harvard University in December.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks at Harvard University in December.

At 29 years old, Ms Ocasio-Cortez was the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress.

The New Yorker is a self-described "democratic socialist", supporting progressive policies such as universal healthcare, tuition-free public university and gun control.

Ms Pressley will become Massachusetts' first black congresswoman, Ms Omar is set to be one of the first Muslim women in Congress, Ms Haaland and Ms Davids will be the first Indigenous women in Congress, and Ms Escobar was one of the first Hispanic women Texas has elected to federal office.

Democrat Ilhan Omar speaks after winning in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District race during the election night event held by the Democratic Party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
Democrat Ilhan Omar delivers her victory speech in Minnesota.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez's Instagram followers embraced the photo.

"I love how strong all of you look in this photo!! Like you're ready for a fight," one user wrote.

Referring to Thursday's swearing-in another said, "tomorrow feels more like Christmas to me, than actual Christmas. #changeiscoming."

The photo has so far been liked more than 367,000 times.

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