Although Hillary Clinton did not clinch the presidency as many had hoped in order to break the highest glass ceiling, Americans did not completely get it wrong.
While we may not have our first woman president, we do have a fair number of female lawmakers who were just elected to important offices — most of whom are women of color.
Catherine Cortez Masto was elected as the United States first Latina senator, and Tammy Duckworth as its first female Thai-American senator.
In addition, the total number of women of color in the U.S. senate will quadruple in the upcoming term, Yahoo News reports.
Catherine Cortez Masto is the first Latinx ever elected to the U.S. senate pic.twitter.com/7t5VUWz9pn— Affinity Magazine (@TheAffinityMag) November 9, 2016
Duckworth is not only the first Thai-American senator, but she’s also the first female double amputee to be elected to the Senate. Her win represents women, minorities, veterans, and the disabled.
Congrats, Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth! You represent the American future I want to live in. Thrilled to have your voice in the Senate! pic.twitter.com/YUHB5J9Ccw— Chris Schleicher (@cschleichsrun) November 9, 2016
Kamala Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian heritage, will represent California in the Senate. She beat out her opponent, Loretta Sanchez, who would have been the first Latina senator if she had won.
In that race, history was going to be made regardless of who came out on top.
Harris’ win makes her the first Indian American woman, and only the second black woman, to be elected to the Senate. She will take the seat of Barbara Boxer, who is retiring, but is another woman who broke barriers back in 1992 when she and fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein were elected.
Pramila Jayapal will serve as the first Indian American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Washington’s 7th Congressional District.
Muslim activist Ilhan Omar also became the state of Minnesota’s first Somali-American female lawmaker.
The Democrat and former refugee came to the U.S. years ago knowing very little English, and is now an elected official.
These newly elected women are living proof that glass ceilings can be broken, and women can overcome sexism and misogyny to become leaders in our nation.
Despite the fact that Donald Trump was elected president, there are symbols of hope all around us, reminding us that progress is not unattainable.
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