Fractured Glass: Women in Politics

November 18, 2016

Hillary Clinton may have lost the White House but hope is not gone.

 

Congress is about to become the most diverse in its history, because come January, 38 women of color will be serving in Congress (35 Democrats and three Republicans).

 

According to EMILY's List, a political action committee that supports Democratic female candidates, Cortez Masto (D), from Nevada, will be the nation's first Latina senator. Indian American Pramila Jayapal (D) won a congressional seat in Washington state. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D) will be the first African American woman to serve in Congress from Delaware. She will also be the first woman to serve in Congress from Delaware. There are only two states, Mississippi and Vermont, where a woman has not been to Congress. Stephanie Murphy (D) will be the first Vietnamese-American female member of Congress after she knocked out 12-term GOP incumbent Rep. John L. Mica in Florida's 7th Congressional District.

 

There were more victories for women of color further down the ballot. For example, Ilhan Omar became the first Somali American lawmaker in Minnesota. In Kentucky, Attica Scott (D) is the state's first black female legislator in 20 years.

 

These victories are a bright spot for Democrats and most women across America, but the fight is not over. Women are still vastly underrepresented in politics. In 2016, women make up half the U.S. population and yet women represent under 20% of Congress. Thanks to the diversity in this election, there are more cracks in the glass ceiling but the fight is not over yet. To learn more about women in politics or the glass ceiling, click here.

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