While the results of the election have left many Americans in disbelief and questioning the values of our country, the election also produced several exciting new female senators who are breaking barriers and making history across our nation. Senate-elect Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, and Kamala Harris of California, will join current Senator of Hawaii Mazie Hirono come January. In 2012 Hirono was elected the first woman senator from Hawaii and the first female Asian-American senator.
Tammy Duckworth has proven herself worthy of a Senate seat in her own right and beat out an incumbent senator. Duckworth was born in Bangkok to a Thai mother of Chinese descent and a father who was a Vietnam War veteran. As a military veteran who lost her legs during the Iraq War, after being shot down in the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting in 2003, Duckworth truly represents many America’s under represented.
California hasn’t had an open Senate seat since 1992, and Kamala Harris made history by overwhelmingly being elected California’s new Senator. Harris is the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, making her only the second black woman ever elected to the senate and the first Indian American senator. This is not the first time Harris made history, in 2010 Harris became CA’s 32nd Attorney General and the first woman to hold the office in the state’s history.
Nevada that is traditionally known as conservative has been been under going major change as the Latino population in the state continues to grow. Nevada made history by electing Catherine Cortez Masto making her the first Latina woman ever to be elected to the U.S. Senate. This marks a major milestone for Latino’s in the U.S. as the prosecution on Latino immigrants was a major topic in this election cycle.
While the presidential election might have ended is shock, these powerful women are making history in the Senate and a very important silver lining to highlight. Kamala Harris summed it up best during her acceptance speech Tuesday night in Los Angeles “We must not be overwhelmed or throw up our hands. It is time to roll up our sleeves to fight for who we are!”