Deb Haaland Sharice Davids embrace


The first 2 Native American congresswomen share tearful embrace

This was a long time coming.


Samira Sadeque


Posted on Jan 4, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:14 pm CDT

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.

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*First Published: Jan 4, 2019, 9:10 am CST