Everyone Is Still Talking About The 13 Women Who Made History In Last Week’s Election, Including The Three Latinas

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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.

Today, on National Run For Office Day, we salute the women who are breaking barriers and inspiring us to take our voice to higher positions of power.

Elizabeth Guzman

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Peruvian-born, Guzman is the first Latina to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates 31st district.

Hala Ayala

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Ayala is the first Afro-Latina to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

Cathy Murillo

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From Santa Barbara, California, she is the first Latina to be elected mayor of the city.

Danica Roem

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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

Vi Lyles

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Lyles will be the first female African American to sit as mayor of Charlotte, N.C.

Kathy Tran

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The democratic candidate is the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

Michelle Kaufusi

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As the first female mayor-elect of Provo, she’s set to oversee Utah’s third-largest-city.

Jenny Durkan

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Durkan is the first openly gay woman to be elected to Seattle’s mayoral seat.

Andrea Jenkins

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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.

Sheila Oliver

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Oliver is the first Black woman to be elected to the lieutenant governor position in New Jersey.

Joyce Craig

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She is the first female mayor-elect of Manchester, N.H.

Dawn Adams

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The Virginia House of Delegates-elect is the first openly lesbian candidate to obtain the position.

Lisa Middleton

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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.


Read: Michelle Obama’s Speech About Why Parents Have To Stop Babying Their Sons Has Latinas Who Hate Machismo Culture All Over It

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