Last week many Americans were hoping to elect the first female president of the United States. Although Hillary Clinton lost her campaign to Donald Trump, women did not lose their place in politics. Oh, no! In fact, five women in particular made history in the U.S. Congress.
The Senate welcomes three minority women: Kamala Harris (CA), Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), and Rep. Tammy Duckworth (Il).
Harris’ parents are both immigrants. Her mother is Indian and her father is Jamaican, making Harris the first Indian-American female senator and California’s first African American senator. Meanwhile, Nevada elected Catherine Cortez Masto, the first Latina woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. Illinois also made history when Rep. Tammy Duckworth became the first Thai-born senator. Duckworth is also a war veteran. She lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq when her helicopter was shot down. She is currently an Illinois representative and will continue to serve her country in the Senate.
The House of Representatives also made news. In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar becomes the first Somali-American legislator. Omar is a former refugee (or a person forced to leave their home country) who moved to the U.S. when she was twelve. She now hopes to make an impact in Minneapolis by fighting for better pay, better schools, and representing fellow Muslims. In the Pacific Northwest, Washington elected the first female Indian-American into the House. Pramila Jayapal will represent Washington’s 7th District. She is an immigrant-rights activist who hopes to fight for those who may struggle to stay in the U.S. if president-elect Trump changes immigration policy.
What do all of these women have in common besides the fact that they are all politicians? These women, along with Hillary Clinton, are trailblazers! They are paving the way for women and minorities in politics. Will you follow in their footsteps?