The first 2 Native American congresswomen share tearful embrace


Yesterday marked a historical day in the American politics, with women from various backgrounds becoming “firsts” to step into Congress: the first former refugee, first Native American women, the first Palestinian American, among others.

Twitter had numerous hashtags and reactions for each of the candidates; one video in particular that went viral is the embrace of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) hugging each other as they were sworn in.

It’s only a few seconds long, and can look like an ordinary emotional moment, but we all know it’s not. Native American women’s representation in Congress has been long overdue, and both Haaland and Davids are answering a wait two centuries in the making.

And Twitter can feel that.

The best part, however, is when, after their embrace, Haaland voluntarily takes Davids’ scarf to wipe her own tears. At the very least, it’s a symbol of sisterhood; beyond that, it signifies the unity between the women, the comfort of using each other to wipe your own tears (seriously, how many people do we feel that level of connection with?).

Just know, if you’re ugly-crying over this moment, you’re not alone.

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque