6 Female Politicians Who Made History In Last Night’s Election
After this election, we’re all devastated. Not only did we miss the opportunity to elect the first female president, we quickly realized that so many people in our country literally hate women.
But on the bright side, some women did make some impressive strides in winning congressional seats. Baby steps, guys.
1. Pramila Jayapal
— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) November 9, 2016
Pramila, a Washington state senator, has become the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the House of Representatives. She won in a landslide, which was potentially due to her being the first congressional candidates publicly endorsed by Bernie Sanders, according to The Nation.
2. Kamala Harris
Our ideals are at stake. Our country is at stake. Let’s get to work. No retreat. pic.twitter.com/tgIziaGOPr
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016
Biracial Attorney General Kamala Harris was elected to Senate in California, making her the first Indian American woman in the senate as well as the first black woman to be elected to congress in two decades (the second overall).
Kamala took over the vacated seat from Barbara Boxer in the first senate seat to open in California for about 25 years, which is another notable transition.
The Los Angeles Times writes:
For the first time in American history, one elected woman will be tapped to replace another in the U.S. Senate, just the way it’s been happening for men since the Republic began.
3. Tammy Duckworth
— Tammy Duckworth (@TammyforIL) November 8, 2016
Tammy Duckworth is one boss bitch. On top of being the first female veteran and first Asian American woman elected to the House of Representatives back in 2014, she’s now claimed the title of the first Thai American in the senate. She took the Illinois Senate position from Mark Kirk, who made fun of Duckworth’s Asian heritage back in October. Who’s laughing now, Marky Mark?
4. Catherine Cortez Masto
Our government is based on a system of checks and balances. And trust me, I will be one hell of a check on Donald Trump.
— CatherineCortezMasto (@CatherineForNV) November 9, 2016
Catherine Cortez Masto won the Nevada Senate to become the first Latina Senator. Yas queen! Her platforms are focused on preventing Trump’s immigration overhaul and his appointment of conservatives in the supreme court.
5. Ilhan Omar
“When you vote, you show your true power.” -Ilhan addresses the crowd at the Women for Political Change brunch pic.twitter.com/cK7UiggTAF
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 11, 2016
Ilhan Omar was elected to Minnesota State Representative, making her the first Somali-American legislator. She fled Kenya as a child and spent her first four years in the US at a refugee camp, so you can imagine her thoughts on Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
6. Kate Brown
Kate Brown has made history as the nation’s FIRST openly LGBTQ governor elected! pic.twitter.com/1Fqzi5M3eE
— Basic Rights Oregon (@basicrights) November 9, 2016
Kate Brown is married to a man, but she identifies as bisexual, and has spoken about previous discrimination she faced when she was in a relationship with a woman. She was elected as the first openly LGBT governor in Oregon and also the second woman elected to the state’s highest office.