If you picked up a print copy of the New York Times on Thursday, you were greeted with a special cover highlighting the record number of women (131) who are part of the 116th Congress.
But they’re not all featured on one cover. There are 27 different covers featuring both new and continuing members of Congress, one for each of the 27 regions where the Times delivers print editions.
Images of the covers were shared on social media by Times staff on Wednesday evening, laying out every cover in a stunning display that reflects the history these women have made.
Many of these women, spanning generations, serve as firsts in Congress: the first women representing their states, the first female combat veteran, the first Native American women, the first Muslim women, the first openly gay member of the Senate, the first woman Speaker of the House — the list goes on.
It’s a powerful display that perfectly pays respect to the women it honors.
The special section collects all 130 portraits; only freshman Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) was not photographed. The Times said Cheney was not available to be photographed.
The entire collection also lives online for those who don’t want to or can’t track down a print version of the paper. There’s even a great behind-the-scenes story on how all of the portraits were taken.
The message was loud and clear online, where Twitter users hailed the project.
If you want a physical copy of your own, you’d better head out now while copies of Thursday’s paper are still at newsstands.