This year’s presidential election was a historical one from the beginning and while Hillary Clinton didn’t win the election, seven women did win spots in the U.S. government. These women come from the diverse backgrounds we need in our political system. Three more women of color were elected into the Senate, along with refugees and members of the LGBT community. All these women are shattering the glass ceiling and clearing the way for younger generations of women.
Tammy Duckworth won Illinois, being the first woman who has seen combat elected. Duckworth is a double amputee after losing both of her legs in a helicopter crash in Iraq. She is also the second Asian-American woman to hold this position and first Thai-American.
Pramila Jayapal is the first Indian-American woman elected and is an avid immigrant’s rights activist.
This former refugee, Ilhan Omar was elected at the state level as a legislator. She is the first Somali-American Muslim female legislator.
Kate Brown is the first openly gay governor in the U.S. This is a big win for the LGBT community. Although she has held this position since 2012 when the current governor stepped down, this is her first time winning an election.
The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Murphy is the only person in her family to go to college. And now she’s the first Vietnamese-American to hold a seat in Congress.
Nevada elected our first Latina Senator, Catherine Cortez-Masto. Masto is also the former Attorney General of Nevada.
Kamala Harris is the current Attorney General of California, and she’s the first woman and person of color to hold that position. She’s also the first African-American senator to represent California, being of both Jamaican and Indian heritage.