There were a lot of firsts in Election 2016 — especially for women being elected to public office. According to Women in the World, “the number of women of color in the U.S. Senate quadrupled with victories in California, Illinois and Nevada.”
Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) won her Senate seat from incumbent Republican Senator Mark Kirk, reports ELLE. An Iraq War veteran, Duckworth joins Mazie Hirono of Hawaii as one of two Asian-American women in the Senate, says Women in the World.
But Duckworth wasn’t the only woman to win a Senate seat this election. Women in the World reports that Kamala Harris beat out Loretta Sanchez in California, making her “the first black politician to represent California in the Senate and only the second black woman ever elected to the chamber,” according to ELLE.
Other women elected to Congress in a round of first include Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), who ELLE reports became the first Latina elected to the Senate; Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), who Women in the World says became the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress; and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who ELLE says is the first Indian-American woman elected to Congress.
Congratulations to all!