Women of color won big in the Senate last night, let us rejoice and be glad
We’re all in need of some joy today as the doom of a Donald Trump presidency sets in. If there was a silver lining in Election Day results, it’s certainly to be found in the women of color elected to the US Senate.
Vox reports that the number of women of color in the Senate quadrupled last night with the election of Asian, black, and Latina women in their respective states. I honestly don’t know whether to celebrate or cry that two demographics our upcoming president openly hates — women and people of color — had huge victories in the Senate. Let’s opt for celebration, as I imagine there won’t be many political joys in the next four years.
Until last night Mazie Hirono was the only woman of color in the Senate. As a Japanese-American she became the first and only Asian-American senator when elected in 2006. She also made history as the first woman senator from Hawaii. Now Tami Duckworth (D-Ill.) joins her as the second Asian-American senator. Duckworth’s mother has Thai and Vietnamese heritage and her father is white.
Representing for the Latina women, Catherine Cortez Mastro (D-NV) won against her Republican opponenet Joe Heck. Last, but certainly not least is California’s darling Kamala Harris (D-CA) who won against Loretta Sanchez. Harris identifies as black and Indian-American. Double ethnic minority for the win!
Obviously, four women of color out of 100 Senate seats is still too few, but it’s a significant increase. The double whammy of sexism and racism they’ve likely had to endure to get where they are makes their Ws all the more sweet.
Let’s choose to enjoy this. Today, women everywhere, except those who voted for Trump, needed this win. Women who voted for trump should be thrown into the fucking sun. Bye!