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Wyoming Makes History As It Elects Two Women To Congress

Shannon Smith

Wyoming will witness history this year as it elects two women to Congress. Newcomer and Northern Arapaho tribal member, Lynnette Greybull, will face incumbent Liz Cheney for the U.S. House seat. Cynthia Lummis will face ecologist and scientist, Merav Ben-David, for Wyoming's open seat in the Senate. So, what does this mean for the state?

Some see this as a significant moment for Wyoming women. Shannon Smith, who's the CEO of the Wyoming Humanities Council, views this moment as something that will be normalized. It's a big deal because she says they will bring a diverse set of perspectives to Washington.

"It isn't like this isn't a big deal because, two of our three U.S. delegation, will be women," Smith said. "What I think they represent is kind of this moment in time where we're going to stop… being a woman is just one small piece of who they are. And instead of this being a unique thing, it'll be a factor."

Although, she does not want to diminish this moment in America, where women are coming out into politics in large numbers. "When they get into office, they make a difference. But what I guess I like the most is that this is going to be normalized," said Smith.

You can find more information about the candidates and the race on the Secretary of State's website.

Naina Rao comes to Wyoming Public Radio from Jakarta, Indonesia. She has worked at NPR for Story Lab and the nationally syndicated show, "1A". Naina graduated from Michigan State University in 2018 with a B.A. in Journalism. Naina enjoys swimming, listening to podcasts and watching Bollywood movies.
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