There’s no doubt last Tuesday’s election was for the breakers of glass ceilings. Here’s a look at the 13 women, including three Latinas, three transpeople and multiple women of color, who contributed to the country’s most historically diverse election accomplishment to date.
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Peruvian-born, Guzman is the first Latina to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates 31st district.
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Ayala is the first Afro-Latina to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
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From Santa Barbara, California, she is the first Latina to be elected mayor of the city.
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As the winner of the Virginia House of Delegates 13th District, Roem is the country’s first openly transgender person to be elected to a state legislature
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Lyles will be the first female African American to sit as mayor of Charlotte, N.C.
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The democratic candidate is the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
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As the first female mayor-elect of Provo, she’s set to oversee Utah’s third-largest-city.
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Durkan is the first openly gay woman to be elected to Seattle’s mayoral seat.
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After winning a seat on the Minneapolis City Council, Jenkins became the first openly transgender woman of color to be voted in to public office.
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Oliver is the first Black woman to be elected to the lieutenant governor position in New Jersey.
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She is the first female mayor-elect of Manchester, N.H.
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The Virginia House of Delegates-elect is the first openly lesbian candidate to obtain the position.
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Middleton is the first transgender person in California to be elected to a non-judicial office and will serve on the Palm Springs City Council.
For anyone with a strong belief in equality for all, no matter their gender, ethnicity or social or economic status last week was a huge win. The results are a particularly huge boost of hope for women in the Latino community and sure sign of progress to come.