2016: Still A Historic Election

Written by: Ly Phan

Last Wednesday, America elected a new president for the country. The result was quite emotional for both parties. Although we did not get a first woman president, there are still many women who made giant leaps for all women and made Susan B. Anthony proud on election night.

1. Kamala Harris

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On Wednesday, Kamala Harris became the second African-American woman senator; the first African-American senator to represent California. Additionally, according to the Times of India, she is the first Indian-American ever to serve as a US senator.

2. Stephanie Murphy

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Democrat Stephanie Murphy became the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress by winning a House seat from Florida last Wednesday. She is the first in her family that got to go to college. A fun fact about Stephanie Murphy is that she has background in entrepreneurship instead of government.

3. Ilhan Omar

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Ilhan Omar made history by becoming the country’s first Somali-American legislator. She came to America at the age of 12 as a refugee fleeing the Somali civil war. During her victory speech Omar said “This really was a victory for that 8-year-old in that refugee camp. This was a victory for the young woman being forced into child marriage. This was a victory for every person that’s been told they have limits on their dreams.”

4. Catherine Cortez Masto

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Nevada elected Catherine Cortez Masto to the Senate making her the first Latina Senator in US history. Her goal is to represent all the young girls out there who want a better world. Additionally, Cortez Masto supports LGBT rights and immigration reforms.

5. Tammy Duckworth

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Tammy Duckworth defeated Republican Mark Kirk to become the second Asian-American senator. Duckworth lost both of her legs during her service in Irag War. She is the first female senator who has served in the military.

6. Pramila Jayapal

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Pramila Jayapal became the first Indian-American woman and the first person of South Asian descent to be elected to Congress. She won a seat in the House of Representatives for Washington State. Jayapal is a civil rights activist who founded the OneAmerica advocacy group. While in office, she plans to continue her fight for social justice.

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