Hillary Clinton didn't win the Presidency but here's some good news: Election 2016 was still major for women in politics. Across the country, women took historic seats at all levels of government— and we salute them!
Kamala Harris was one of the most high-profile women running this year. She replaces a longtime incumbent to represent the Democrats in the California Senate. Being of African American and Indian descent, the Howard University alum is the second black woman and the first South Asian-American to have a seat in the Senate. She’s also the first woman of color to represent California in the Senate.
She's young but accomplished. 34-year-old Ilhan Omar is the nation's first Somali-American legislator. After escaping the Somali civil war and a Kenyan refugee camp, Omar won a seat in the Minnesota House. “It’s the beginning of something new,” she says. She is Muslim and wears a hijab. “This district has a legacy of making history. I am excited for our progressive values and to be able to be on the ground at the Capitol representing the diverse people of my district and being a champion with them and for them.”
Pramila Jayapal is the first Indian American woman to win in the House of Representatives. A former banker-turned-activist, she represents her state of Washington. "Thank you for your support, faith, and confidence, and for standing up for the values of our country — values that welcomed me as a 16-year-old immigrant and let me serve as the next Congresswoman from the 7th Congressional District," she tweeted.