9 Women Who Made History on Election Night

One year after Donald Trump’s win, this election day gave us all a little hope. Inspiring and diverse Democratic candidates across the country made historic wins on Tuesday, in what looks very much like pushback against the Trump administration and what it represents.

Women, in particular, had an excellent election. Thousands of women signed up to run for office following the presidential election, and it looks like that decision turned out well for all of us. Now, many more of them are right where women belong: in the government. These are just a few of the incredible, groundbreaking women who made history this election by becoming firsts, whether that’s first woman elected to their position, first transgender woman, or first African-American woman.

Danica Roem

Danica Roem became Virginia’s first openly transgender state lawmaker when she unseated the state’s self-described “chief-homophobe” and 13-term Republican incumbent, Bob Marshall. Marshall proposed a transphobic bathroom bill in January, consistently referred to Roem with male pronouns, and refused to debate her throughout the campaign.

After winning the election, Roem told her supporters, “To every person who’s ever been singled out, who’s ever been stigmatized, who’s ever been the misfit, who’s ever been the kid in the corner, who’s ever needed someone else to stand up for them when they didn’t have a voice of their own, because there was no one else who was with them, this one’s for you.”

Andrea Jenkins

Democrat Andrea Jenkins was elected to the Minneapolis City Council with more than 70 percent of the votes. She became the first openly trans black woman elected to public office in the United States.

“I’m really proud to have achieved that status and I look forward to more trans people joining me in elected office and all other kinds of leadership roles in our society,” she told the Washington Post.

Sheila Oliver

Sheila Oliver has broken yet another record. On Election Day, New Jersey chose her as its first female African-American lieutenant governor. She had previously become their first female African-American Assembly speaker and was only the second in the nation.

“This may not be the first glass ceiling I have broken, but it is certainly the highest,” she said. “And I hope somewhere in this great state of New Jersey, a young girl of color is watching tonight and realizing that she does not have a limit to how high she can go.”

Yvonne Spicer

Framingham, Massachusetts recently voted to become a city and on Tuesday they elected Spicer as their first-ever mayor. A former public school teacher with a doctorate in education, Spicer is the Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at the Museum of Science, Boston.

Vi Lyles

Democrat Vi Lyles defeated Republican candidate Kenny Smith with 59 percent of the vote to become Charlotte, North Carolina’s first female African-American mayor.

“With this opportunity you’ve given me, you’ve proven that we are a city of opportunity and inclusiveness,” Lyles told a crowd of supporters, according to the Charlotte Observer. “You’ve proven that a woman whose father didn’t graduate from high school can become this city’s first female African-American mayor.”

Joyce Craig

After 266 years, Manchester, New Hampshire finally elected its first female mayor. Craig lost to Republican incumbent Ted Gastas by just 64 votes when she ran against him in 2015. This year, she beat him by a landslide.

Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala

Both women beat Republican incumbents to become the first Latinas in the Virginia House of Delegates. Originally from Peru, Guzman moved to the U.S. as a single mother with only a high school diploma.

“I never imagined that education and professional opportunities will become available to me,” she said in a campaign video. “My experiences in this country has assured me that it’s important to stand up and protect the American dream.”

Kathy Tran

A former Vietnamese refugee, Tran just became the first Asian American woman in the Virginia House of Delegates.

“I made the decision to run when [my] baby was a month old and I absolutely thought the values that my parents had risked their lives for were under threat,” said Tran in her victory speech.

Photo Credit: Friends of Danica Roem


Emma Z
Emma Z5 days ago

Very good. Thanks.

Mike R
Mike R8 days ago


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Mike R8 days ago


Sabrina D
Sabrina D9 days ago

Great women!!

Elaine W
Elaine W17 days ago

Good to know and celebrate. ;)

Chad A
Chad Anderson20 days ago

Good news.

Lesa D
Lesa D22 days ago

thank you, Lauren...

Beth M
Beth M24 days ago

Thank you my fellow Virginians!

Leo C
Leo C25 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

Toni W
Toni W25 days ago