Isabel Kaplan is a writer and co-founder of Project 100, an organization dedicated to electing more progressive women to Congress. She is the author of the national bestselling novel Hancock Park and is currently working on her second novel. (November 2018)


Breaking Through the House Ceiling

Newly elected members of the House of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Deb Haaland (NM) after the congressional freshman class photo, the Capitol, Washington, D.C., November 14, 2018

On November 28, the Democratic Caucus, including all the newly elected members, will gather for a closed-door meeting to select nominees for the senior leadership positions. The nominees will then go to a floor vote on January 3, the first day of Congress’s next session. These elections will be the first opportunity for new members to assert themselves. Many of the newly elected women campaigned on promises of change, different voices, and fresh leadership, and some were explicit in their opposition to Nancy Pelosi.