In a highly controversial and emotional election, Donald Trump has come out on top. Despite the majority of the popular vote going to Hillary Clinton, Trump has been declared the new President of the United States by the Electoral College. Riots, protests, and flag burnings have already begun. In what has been one of the most dramatic presidential elections in history, this outcome could not have been avoided either way. Though many have voiced their fears for the near future of our country, others seem ecstatic.

Most have overlooked one astonishing fact. women just made history. The 115th Congress will have a record breaking number of female senators.

Bring on the ladies

For 2016, there will be a record high of women in the Senate. Exactly 21 females will grace Capitol Hill next year. Three Democratic women of color have been elected to the U.S. Senate. That brings us to a total of four minority women in the Senate and the most to ever be elected at one time. The first ever minority female to be elected to the Senate was Illinois Democratic senator Carol Moseley Braun.

She was the first African American female in the Senate and served from 1993-1999. The second, and currently serving, woman of color in the Senate is Hawaii Democratic senator Mazie Hirono. She was elected in 2012 and is of Asian Pacific decent.

Coming soon

Next year remarkable strides will be made as three more minority women take their seats in the Senate. All of them will be serving as Democrats.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will succeed retiring senator Barbara Boxer. Being of African-American and Indian American decent, Harris will be the first biracial woman elected to Congress. Nevada will make waves as well, bringing in the first Hispanic woman to the Senate, Catherine Cortez Masto. After defeating Republican candidate Joe Heck, she addressed the crowd with her thoughts on Trump by saying, "I'll be one hell of a checks and balances on him.

Tonight we start our fight together." Finally, double amputee Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth will be representing Illinois. She was born in Thailand to a Thai-Chinese mother and an American father. "The military gave me leadership skills," she said to the Asian American Policy Review. "It taught me to stand up and express myself. It taught me, then, to defend what I think is the best solution." Duckworth unseated Republican senator Mark Kirk after he made racist remarks about her heritage. Overall, this election has been a whirlwind of drama and dirty politics. However, though it may seem like a small step, it is still a step forward for women in politics.

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