Hillary Clinton’s losing bid to become the first female president of the United States might currently feel like a colossal blow to womankind – particularly when we consider the ethics of her pussy-grabbing opponent.
But despite Trump’s shock success in the polls, feminism is the real winner of this election, and there are some kickass success stories from last night to prove it.
From the first Indian-American woman to be voted into the US House of Representatives to America’s first Latina senator, here are three incredible women who beat the odds to triumph in the election.
Kamala Harris: the first black female Senator in two decades
Attorney General Kamala Harris made triple-history in the elections by becoming both the first black politician to represent California in the Senate and one of the first two Indian-American women ever elected to Congress.
Harris’ victory also marks the first time a woman has replaced another woman in the US Senate, as she takes over from predecessor Barbara Boxer.
The 52-year-old, whose parents were immigrants from Jamaica and India, used news of the result to post a series of rallying calls on Twitter to remain positive in the face of Trump’s election to president.
We must not despair. We must not be overwhelmed or throw up our hands. It is time to roll up our sleeves and fight for who we are!— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016
Catherine Cortez Masto: the first Latina Senator
Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto has become the first ever Latina in the Senate.
The 52-year-old, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, was described by President Obama at a Clinton rally last month as being someone "who believes everyone deserves a chance”.
Also taking to Twitter to thank voters, Cortez Masto wrote, “I'm proud to be Nevada's 1st female and our nation's 1st Latina senator. It’s about time our government mirrors the diversity of our nation.”
She also had some choice words for Trump...
Our government is based on a system of checks and balances. And trust me, I will be one hell of a check on Donald Trump.— CatherineCortezMasto (@CatherineForNV) November 9, 2016
Pramila Jayapal: the first Indian-American Woman elected to US House of Representatives
Pramila Jayapal is the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives, having won the Washington State Senate seat with a massive 57 percent of the vote against her opponent, Democrat Brady Walkinshaw.
A former banker, Jayapal arrived in America as a 16-year-old immigrant back in 1981, and concentrated her campaign on advocating for the rights of immigrants, people of colour and women.
After news of her victory broke, the 51-year-old took to Twitter to thank voters, writing, “Thank you for your support, faith, and confidence, and for standing up for the values of our country - values that welcomed me as a 16-year-old immigrant and let me serve as the next Congresswoman from the 7th Congressional District."
Jayapal is also one of the first two Indian-American women to be elected to Congress alongside Kamala Harris, above.