Women to Watch: 8 Women of Color Writing the Newest Chapter of Political HERstory

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California elected Kamala Harris as its first new senator in 24 years and only the second black woman to be elected to the Senate in our nation’s history. Senator Harris is the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica and her elementary school class was the second to integrate Berkley Public Schools. This is not Senator Harris’ first time making California history. She was the first woman elected as San Francisco’s District Attorney and the first woman to be elected as California’s Attorney General.
Women to Watch: 8 Women of Color Writing the Newest Chapter of Political HERstory
Kamala Harris

California elected Kamala Harris as its first new senator in 24 years and only the second black woman to be elected to the Senate in our nation’s history. Senator Harris is the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica and her elementary school class was the second to integrate Berkley Public Schools. This is not Senator Harris’ first time making California history. She was the first woman elected as San Francisco’s District Attorney and the first woman to be elected as California’s Attorney General.

Tammy Duckworth defeated incumbent GOP Senator Mark Kirk for the Illinois US Senate Race. Duckworth, a two-term congresswoman and Iraq War veteran is the first Asian woman of Thai descent and only the second female senator in Illinois history. The veteran lost both of her legs and partial use of her arm during a helicopter accident in Iraq; she now holds the Senate seat once held by President Obama.
Women to Watch: 8 Women of Color Writing the Newest Chapter of Political HERstory
Tammy Duckworth

Tammy Duckworth defeated incumbent GOP Senator Mark Kirk for the Illinois US Senate Race. Duckworth, a two-term congresswoman and Iraq War veteran is the first Asian woman of Thai descent and only the second female senator in Illinois history. The veteran lost both of her legs and partial use of her arm during a helicopter accident in Iraq; she now holds the Senate seat once held by President Obama.

Pugh was elected the 50th Mayor of Baltimore by an overwhelming margin of votes. The Morgan State University graduate has become the city’s third consecutive woman mayor. Pugh will lead a city that is undergoing tremendous development while amending violence and poverty that persists in the Baltimore area. “We all have a responsibility to make this the greatest city in America," said Pugh of her win. "And I'm telling you I will work day and night on behalf of all the citizens of this city.” Pugh served as State Senator since 2006, served for one year in the House of Delegates in Maryland's General Assembly, and four years as a member of the Baltimore City Council.
Women to Watch: 8 Women of Color Writing the Newest Chapter of Political HERstory
Catherine Pugh

Pugh was elected the 50th Mayor of Baltimore by an overwhelming margin of votes. The Morgan State University graduate has become the city’s third consecutive woman mayor. Pugh will lead a city that is undergoing tremendous development while amending violence and poverty that persists in the Baltimore area. “We all have a responsibility to make this the greatest city in America," said Pugh of her win. "And I'm telling you I will work day and night on behalf of all the citizens of this city.” Pugh served as State Senator since 2006, served for one year in the House of Delegates in Maryland's General Assembly, and four years as a member of the Baltimore City Council.

Stephanie Murphy has become the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress. Murphy defeated 12-term John Mica in Florida’s 7th Congressional District and received endorsements from both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Murphy  joined the Department of Defense with the goal of protecting the country that rescued her family from sea. Murphy also serves as an advocate for women’s entrepreneurship with organizations such as Support Our Scholars, which helps economically challenged young women attend college, and serves as a board member of the Creative City Project.
Women to Watch: 8 Women of Color Writing the Newest Chapter of Political HERstory
Stephanie Murphy

Stephanie Murphy has become the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress. Murphy defeated 12-term John Mica in Florida’s 7th Congressional District and received endorsements from both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Murphy joined the Department of Defense with the goal of protecting the country that rescued her family from sea. Murphy also serves as an advocate for women’s entrepreneurship with organizations such as Support Our Scholars, which helps economically challenged young women attend college, and serves as a board member of the Creative City Project.

Catherine Cortez Masto, a former Nevada attorney general and the granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant, became the nation’s first Latina Senator. She filled the seat of Senator and defeated Representative Joe Heck to win Nevada’s Senate seat. Senator Masto focused her campaign on immigration overhaul and the future Supreme Court before the Senate.
Women to Watch: 8 Women of Color Writing the Newest Chapter of Political HERstory
Catherine Cortez Masto

Catherine Cortez Masto, a former Nevada attorney general and the granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant, became the nation’s first Latina Senator. She filled the seat of Senator and defeated Representative Joe Heck to win Nevada’s Senate seat. Senator Masto focused her campaign on immigration overhaul and the future Supreme Court before the Senate.

Rochester made history as Delaware’s first federal representative of color and its first woman in Congress. With over 55% of the statewide vote in the 2016 election, Wilmington-raised Rochester won her first campaign for office. She formerly was the first Black woman to serve as Delaware's Secretary of Labor, and the state's first Black Deputy Secretary of Health and Social Services and State Personnel Director. She also served as the CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League and earned her Master’s in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.
Women to Watch: 8 Women of Color Writing the Newest Chapter of Political HERstory
Lisa Blunt Rochester

Rochester made history as Delaware’s first federal representative of color and its first woman in Congress. With over 55% of the statewide vote in the 2016 election, Wilmington-raised Rochester won her first campaign for office. She formerly was the first Black woman to serve as Delaware's Secretary of Labor, and the state's first Black Deputy Secretary of Health and Social Services and State Personnel Director. She also served as the CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League and earned her Master’s in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.

Yesterday, Ilhan Omar made history as the nation’s first Somali-American legislator as she was elected to Minneapolis state legislature. The 34-year-old Muslim America proudly wears hijab and currently serves as the director of policy at Women’s Organizing Women Network. Lauded as a talented organizer who began her journey in the midst of Somali Civil War and in a Kenyan refugee camp she defeated the incumbent representative in the landmark election.
Women to Watch: 8 Women of Color Writing the Newest Chapter of Political HERstory
Ilhan Omar

Yesterday, Ilhan Omar made history as the nation’s first Somali-American legislator as she was elected to Minneapolis state legislature. The 34-year-old Muslim America proudly wears hijab and currently serves as the director of policy at Women’s Organizing Women Network. Lauded as a talented organizer who began her journey in the midst of Somali Civil War and in a Kenyan refugee camp she defeated the incumbent representative in the landmark election.

Former Orlando Police Chief, Val Demings, won Florida's Congressional District 10 after she captured 65 percent of the vote early on election night. Demings will now represent District 10 in the U.S. House of Representatives, cementing her political place in history after rooting her campaign in community with the support of National congressional and Black politicians. "As the daughter of a maid and a janitor, my parents taught me the importance of hard work and believing in myself,” said Demings of her win. “Without those values, I wouldn't be standing here today.” Demings made history in 2007 with her appointment as the first female Chief of Police and aims to hone in on issues such as law enforcement, wage reform, and civil rights.
Women to Watch: 8 Women of Color Writing the Newest Chapter of Political HERstory
Val Demings

Former Orlando Police Chief, Val Demings, won Florida's Congressional District 10 after she captured 65 percent of the vote early on election night. Demings will now represent District 10 in the U.S. House of Representatives, cementing her political place in history after rooting her campaign in community with the support of National congressional and Black politicians. "As the daughter of a maid and a janitor, my parents taught me the importance of hard work and believing in myself,” said Demings of her win. “Without those values, I wouldn't be standing here today.” Demings made history in 2007 with her appointment as the first female Chief of Police and aims to hone in on issues such as law enforcement, wage reform, and civil rights.

Yesterday left Americans on the edge of their seats as the 2016 election results continued to roll into the early hours of Wednesday morning. A race often referred to as “too close to call” throughout the evening resulted in President-elect Donald Trump snagging the most electoral votes. Although Hillary Clinton did not make history in her bid for the White House, many women of color broke their own glass ceilings by claiming victories in their respective states.

With the most women now in the United States Senate, Walker’s Legacy highlights eight women of color who found political success in last night’s nail-biter of an election.

Walker's Legacy

Walker's Legacy

Walker's Legacy is a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business.

 

Walker's Legacy is a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business.

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