America didn’t get its first female president, but women made history in these places on election day


Americans mourning Hillary Clinton’s loss for historical reasons can look to several victories for female politicians Tuesday that would have probably made Susan B. Anthony proud.

The first Somali American woman is elected a legislator in Minnesota.

Ilhan Omar is a Somali American Muslim woman and a former refugee. The Star Tribune reports that she moved to the United States at the age of 12, after living in a Kenyan refugee camp.


The 34-year-old was victorious in the Minnesota House race.

There are more women of color coming to the U.S. Senate.

Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, who is Japanese, is the lone woman of color in the Senate. In January, she’ll be joined by three others.

Kamala Harris will be the U.S. Senate’s first Indian American. She is also California’s first African American senator.

Catherine Cortez Masto became the first Latina elected to the Senate when she beat out GOP Rep. Joe Heck in Nevada.

And Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who’s Thai and Vietnamese, ousted Illinois Sen. Mark Steven Kirk.

For context, Carol Moseley Braun became America’s first female African American senator when she was elected in 1993. Her tenure in Illinois ended in 1999.


California’s number of Latina legislators grows.

Latinas in California’s Legislature will grow from five to 10, according to the Democrats of the Women’s Caucus.

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Oregon elects America’s first openly LGBT governor, who happens to be a woman.

New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey came out in 2004, after he was elected. Kate Brown’s win marks the first time an openly bisexual person was elected.

“If I can be a role model for one young person that decides that their life is worth living because there’s someone like them in the world, it’s worth it,” Brown said in an interview with the Washington Blade.


The first Indian American woman is elected to Congress.

Washington state Sen. Pramila Jayapal defeated Brady Walkinshaw in a congressional run. Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed the 52-year-old immigrant rights activist last spring.

She will be the first Indian American woman in Congress.

First African American woman is elected as Delaware’s at-large congresswoman.

Lisa Blunt Rochester was the first African American woman to serve as Delaware’s deputy secretary of Health and Social Services. Now, she’s the state’s first African American congresswoman.

Orlando’s first female police chief is elected to Congress.

According to WKMG in Orlando, former Police Chief Val Demings won her race for Florida’s open 10th Congressional District seat with more than 66% of the vote.


Florida elects its first African American state attorney.

Aramis Ayala defeated incumbent Jeff Ashton during Florida’s Democratic primary for state attorney of Orange County. Ayala went on to make history when she beat a third-party opponent to become Florida’s first African America state attorney.

New Hampshire will continue to be represented by an all-female delegation.

Maggie Hassan ousted Sen. Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire for New Hampshire’s Senate race, joining Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. And Democrats Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster won the state’s House race.

Update at 3:40 p.m. on Nov. 15: This story was originally published on Nov. 10. It has been updated with reader suggestions.

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