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


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


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


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


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


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


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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