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We've officially bid farewell to an Obama-run White House and welcomed Donald Trump and his wife, Ivanka, as the president and first lady. Despite the divisive headlines dominating our news feeds, we're making a concerted effort to focus on the many positives regarding women in politics. Not only do we have the Women's March on Washington and more than 600 sister marches to look forward to, we also have a reinvigorated feminist movement and a heightened awareness of women's rights. For a much-needed dose of positivity, read on about three women in politics who are currently paving the way for the next generation of female leaders.
This past November, political activist Pramila Jayapal made history by becoming the first-ever Indian-American woman elected to the House of Representatives. "The specific piece of being the first Indian-American woman for other Indian-Americans and all these other ethnicities—Latina, Black, all these different folks—it says, 'Listen, there's a place for us here. Our voices can be heard and are important for this democracy,'" Jayapal told Refinery29 about the possibility of holding office back in October 2016.
Following her November 2016 win, Kamala Harris, the two-term attorney general of California, became the second black woman to serve in the senate, reports the Huffington Post. As the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, Harris has a strong stance on immigration reform and will resume her post on Capitol Hill this month.
As a United States senator and Iraq War veteran, Tammy Duckworth is the first female senator to have seen combat, as well as the first Thai-American in the senate. Having lost both of her legs during battle in 2004, Duckworth also became the first disabled woman in the senate after her 2013 win.
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