9 badass women of color breaking records in this year’s election

November 10, 2016

From the shadowy somber that rang true through the presidential election outcome, a silver lining peaked through these cloudy skies. Women of color, and Black women in particular, won at every level of local, state, and national government, with several breaking records and becoming the first ever to achieve their position. The following women are paving the way for others to do the same and showing that despite the overwhelming bigotry and blatant sexism of the day, strides can nonetheless be made.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor

Kamala Harris (D-CA): US Senator
First woman, African American and South Asian to serve as Attorney General in California and is the first African American and South Asian to be elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate.

Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE): US House of Representatives
First woman and person of color elected statewide in Delaware’s history.

Val Demings (D-FL): US House of Representatives
Val Demings was Orlando’s first female police chief and now will be serving the state of Florida’s 10th congressional district.

Attica Scott (D-KY): State Representative
First woman to serve in the Kentucky state legislature in 20 years.

Ilhan Omar (D-MN): State Representative
First Somali-American Muslim woman ever elected in this country as she is sworn in to the Minnesota State House of Representatives.

Catherine Pugh (D-MD): Mayor of Baltimore
Baltimore’s third woman to be elected mayor.

Kim Foxx, (D-IL): State’s Attorney
One of only a hand full of Black women that are State’s Attorneys in the country.

Tammy Duckworth (D-IL): US Senator
First Asian American woman to be elected to represent Illinois in Congress.

Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV): US Senator