Pramila Jayapal, Kamala Harris, And Ilhan Omar Claim Victory In The U.S. Election
Women of color continue to make history in spite of it all
So many things went wrong with the presidential election, but, despite it all, there were a few small victories for women of color. Washington state senator Pramila Jayapal has officially become the first ever Indian-American woman to be elected to Congress with a seat in the U.S. House. After her family immigrated to the U.S. when she was 16 years old, she started working as a civil rights activist, which eventually led to her founding the advocacy group OneAmerica.
Minnesota elected Ilhan Omar into the House, making her the nation’s first ever Somali-American legislator. (It should also be noted that she is a follower of the Muslim faith.) After immigrating to the U.S. at the age of 12, she later became deeply involved in politics as a teenager.
“[America] is the land of liberty and justice for all, but we have to work for it,” Omar previously told The Huffington Post. “Our democracy is great, but it’s fragile. It’s come through a lot of progress, and we need to continue that progress to make it actually ‘justice for all.’”
History is made. Ilhan Omar is the next State Representative of Minnesota's District 60B! https://t.co/gGmQrvueTz— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 9, 2016
Kamala Harris was chosen as the new U.S. senator, which makes her the first black politician to represent California in the Senate. (She also happens to be the state's first new U.S. senator in 24 years.) Her family comes from a lineage of Jamaica, America, and India. Harris is also joined in the Senate by a select few women of color: Mazie Hirono will represent Hawaii, Tammy Duckworth is taking back Illinois, and Catherine Cortez Masto scored big in Nevada. Back in 1992, Carol Moseley Braun became the first black woman to be elected to the Senate in Illinois.
At least we have something to celebrate from all the chaos. Maybe the world as we know it won't burn to the ground after all. We are so proud of these hard-working and accomplished women and look forward to watching them take control of our futures. Women have the power to change the world—we can't lose hope and give up now.
I am so proud to represent this beautiful and diverse state— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016
We know that we have a task in front of us. We must do everything in our power to heal and bring this country together.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016
Do we retreat or do we fight? WE FIGHT!— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016
I intend to fight. I intend to fight against those naysayers who say there is no such thing as climate change.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016
I intend to fight for commonsense gun safety because it’s just the right thing to do.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016
I intend to fight to make sure all of our communities are stronger. Our ideals are at stake right. We have to fight for who we are.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016
We are collectively being called on to look in the mirror with furrowed brow and ask: who are we? I believe the answer is a good one.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016
We are a great country and part of what makes us a great country is that we fight for our ideals.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016
This is a moment that challenges us and I know we will rise to the occasion.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016
We must not despair. We must not be overwhelmed or throw up our hands. It is time to roll up our sleeves and fight for who we are!— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016