As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had to let go of her dream of becoming the first female in the oval office, women of color in the United States saw small victories in Senate on Tuesday night.
The increase from one to four female senators of color set a new American record and it happened on election night.
— UltraViolet (@UltraViolet) November 9, 2016
The list of successful Senate winners include four candidates from differing states and districts.
An example of success includes Japanese American female, Mazie Hirono, who currently represents Hawaii in the Senate.
Hirono was up for re-election this Tuesday after receiving a seat in 2006, after veteran Senator Daniel Akaka who served twenty-three years in his position retired.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) October 22, 2016
— CatherineCortezMasto (@CatherineForNV) October 30, 2016
The midwestern state of Illinois saw democrat Tammy Duckworth take the win, a woman with a Thai mother and Vietnamese heritage beat out Republican Senator Mark Kirk, who was a junior member that was unseated on election night. The war hero and purple heart winner’s success and story has been called inspiring, including overcoming the loss of both of her legs and partial use of her arm from combat.
Duckworth served in Iraq, on a mission her Black Hawk plane was shot down.
6 Reasons Why Tammy Duckworth Gives Us the Hope We All Need Right Now https://t.co/uWpFm9KzkI
— Marie Claire (@marieclaire) November 9, 2016
— Tammy Duckworth (@TammyforIL) November 8, 2016
Another publicized win was Attorney General Kamala Harris. Harris is a California democrat that is black and Indian-American. The senate seat she took was against Latina, Loretta Sanchez.
Had a blast delivering cookies to phone bankers and volunteers today. Thank you for all your hard work! pic.twitter.com/HQGreVeWJs
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016
Catherine Cortez Masto is a Latina Democrat from Neveda who beat out Joe Heck who represented the Republican party and lost by roughly 2 percent on election night.
Masto is the first Latina to be in the American Senate.
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) November 9, 2016
The victory is small but the largest that women of color have experienced in U.S. Senate history.
— PPNYC Action Fund (@PPNYCAction) November 9, 2016