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Seven Cheers for These Women of Power

The most important glass ceiling in America—in the world, in fact—stayed unshattered on Tuesday night. But the website GOOD  (“Live well. Do good.”) urges women to take heart at the achievements of these five women:

Kamala Harris, Democrat, California’s first female attorney general, became the second black woman elected to the U.S. Senate. She replaces retiring Senator Barbara Boxer. Harris ran against fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, in California’s experimental “top-two” primary system.

Catherine Cortez Mastro, Democrat of Nevada, will become the first Latina senator in U.S. history.

Kate Brown, Democrat of Oregon, shattered a durable ceiling by becoming America’s first LGBT governor.

Tammy Duckworth, Democrat of Illinois, became the first Thai-American U.S. Senator.

Ilhan Omar, Democrat, is Minnesota’s first Somali-American Muslim legislator elected to office (the state’s House of Representatives).

But there were other female firsts. BBC Newsbeat calls attention, in addition to the ceiling-shatterers above, to these fellow achievers:

Stephanie Murphy, Democrat of Florida, is the first Vietnamese-American woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

Pramila Jaypal, Democrat of Washington State, is the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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