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By Brittany Tesoriero
While many are upset about the results of the presidential election, not all hope is lost. Though Hillary Clinton, the first female to receive a presidential nomination by a major party, did not emerge victorious, here were successful campaigns led by women across the country. Many of these women are also minorities and for the first time, the nation saw two transgendered individuals receive party nominations in the Senate and House of Representative races. These individuals prove diversity and the hopes of shattering the glass ceiling are still thriving in America.
Tuesday night we saw Tammy Duckworth’s victory in the state of Illinois. She is the first person of Thai heritage to hold a seat in the Senate. Duckworth is one of the most remarkable politicians this election year has seen. As a veteran of the Iraqi war, her victory is symbolic for women and veterans alike. She lost both legs while serving in the war but began her career in politics not long after her return. “At the end of the day it’s not about Democrats or Republicans,” she said in an interview with Mother Jones in 2012.
Tuesday night California elected Attorney General Kamala Harris as the first black woman to represent the state in the Senate. Harris is the second black woman in history to be voted into the Senate.
Keeping with the tradition of firsts this election cycle Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada became the first Latina woman to be elected into the Senate. The Democrat pledged her support and commitment to the people of Nevada after her win.
Two out of three of these elections were won over male competitors. Besides female candidates reigning victorious, the first openly bisexual governor was elected. Kate Brown, of Oregon, became the first openly gay governor to be voted into office.
Two unsuccessful but pioneering races were led by Misty K. Snow of Utah and Misty Plowright of Colorado. These candidates were the two first transgendered individuals to receive major party nominations for the Senate and House.
Aside from these groundbreaking campaigns and victories, Americans also saw the elections of the first black Republican from the South in the Senate, the first Somali-American legislator and the first Indian-American woman in the Senate.
Though the possibility of a woman in the White House will not be viable for another four years, there will plenty of women in Washington. After a contentious election season, the prevailing diversity in the nation’s highest offices is strong evidence that progress continues to be made.