After Tuesday's election ushered in a wave of new Democratic House members who are more diverse than ever before, The New Yorker unveiled next week's cover, which captures that historic achievement perfectly with the use of watercolor and ink.
It's called "Welcome to Congress" and features several women and men of color entering an otherwise white male Congress. It was painted by political cartoonist Billy Blitt who said:
“In all the rancor and madness of the past few weeks (hell, the past few years), it appears we’ve just lived through a nice moment."
You can see the cover below:
An early look at next week's cover, “Welcome to Congress,” by Barry Blitt: https://t.co/a5jgW9jTun https://t.co/rgBX23R2pO— The New Yorker (@The New Yorker) 1541788832.0
People couldn't stop hailing it:
The upcoming @NewYorker cover is brilliant. https://t.co/1H12HTy3ls— deray (@deray) 1541789902.0
The @NewYorker welcomes the incoming Congressional class with a brilliant cover; perfectly depicting how the Americ… https://t.co/UTe52saoji— Millennial Politics (@Millennial Politics) 1541857273.0
And saw some familiar faces crashing through the door to Congress:
Very cool cover from the New Yorker, featuring @Ocasio2018, @IlhanMN & @sharicedavids! https://t.co/gGrijXiV9u— jordan (@jordan) 1541796678.0
The new cover of the @NewYorker is everything. Hi @LucyWins2018! Hi @AyannaPressley! Hi @Ocasio2018! Hi… https://t.co/JHJTAZ4SN0— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1541874432.0
"The New Yorker" put into perspective just how diverse this new class of Congress is:
As Margaret Talbot puts it:
Many of the winning candidates are women of color. They include the first two Native American women elected to Congress: the Democrats Deb Haaland, of New Mexico’s First District, and Sharice Davids, who defeated a four-term incumbent, Kevin Yoder, in the Third District of Kansas. Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a former mixed-martial-arts fighter with a law degree from Cornell, will be the first L.G.B.T. person to represent Kansas in Congress. Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan’s Thirteenth District, and Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota state legislator who came to the U.S. as a twelve-year-old refugee from Somalia, will be the first Muslim women in Congress.
As of Friday, over 100 women had been declared the winner of seats in the House of Representatives, marking a record addition of more than 35 women to Congress. As a result, when the new Congress is seated in 2019, approximately 25% of the House will be female.
Here are just a few:
We did this, together. Thank you! https://t.co/TywZwt2dR3— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar) 1541559000.0
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@ocasio2018), in her victory speech: "They will always call the ambitious naive… because… https://t.co/vlLReBr4R4— Democracy Now! (@Democracy Now!) 1541562617.0
When the 116th session of Congress convenes on January 3rd, 2019, OUR voices will be heard! @sharicedavids… https://t.co/LnyGsro6CK— Deb Haaland (@Deb Haaland) 1541624583.0
Lucy McBath became a leader in the movement to end gun violence after her son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed.… https://t.co/K99QYP1GCd— Everytown (@Everytown) 1541623782.0
Women of color made history in this midterm election. #ElectionResults2018 #MidtermElection2018 #WomensWave https://t.co/7gu2MPBdNJ— Nicole Dennis-Benn (@Nicole Dennis-Benn) 1541595354.0