Since I feel most people this week are going to discuss the results of the presidential election, I decided that I wanted to focus on the women who were elected to serve in Congress and the Senate on Tuesday.
This election was a first for several of them. An article from the Washington Post states, “Cortez Masto (D), who won the open Nevada Senate seat, will be the nation’s first Latina senator. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D) will be the first African American woman to serve in Congress from Delaware… By winning California’s open Senate race, Harris (D) will be the first Indian American to serve in the U.S. Senate and just the second African American woman to serve in it.” There are more, but if I continued I would essentially be quoting the entire article.
I am especially proud of Ilhan Omar, the first Somali American lawmaker from Minnesota.
Overall, we still have a long way to go. We need more women and people of color in our government, and I am so proud of the ones we have elected so far. Another notable win, although not a woman and not in this article, was Jewell Jones, the youngest black man to be sworn in as a State Representative. I hope that, over the next few years, these women (and man) will be a spark of change we sorely need.
One election bright spot for Democrats: Women of color by Amber Phillips