During Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, she was hopeful about a woman finally taking the position she worked so hard for: “Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will — and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.”
Already, Americans are expressing a desire for Michelle Obama to run in 2020 with the hashtag #Mobama2020. Still, the political future of the United States might leave some wondering who exactly might take office. Below, are some possibilities of accomplished, professional women who could possibly break that “glass ceiling.”
The Huffington Post recently wrote an article that paid tribute to Kamala Harris, a woman who spent six years as California’s attorney general and was elected two times as California’s district attorney.
She is a leader who stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, emphasizes the importance of early childhood education to keep students out of trouble, and refused to put California’s Proposition 8 in action, an initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California, declaring it “unconstitutional.”
Harris’s mother is an immigrant from India, and her father is African-American. She is only the second African-American woman and first Indian-American woman ever elected to Senate.
Catherine Cortez Masto
Catherine Cortez Masto, whose grandfather immigrated from Mexico, made history as the first Latina to be elected to Senate this election year.
According to The Washington Post, Cortez Masto served as Nevada’s chief law enforcement officer, helping to ban the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
She is an advocate for equal pay for equal work, increase minimum wage, and fight for paid family leave, hoping to champion for American working woman and mother.
Cortez Masto also has the support of many notable people like President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
As a senator from Massachusetts, Warren has positioned herself as an advocate for the middle class. After her father endured a heart attack at the age of 12, her father’s employer cut his pay, the medical bills piled up and her family lost their car.
Warren started working early as a waitress at 13, then attended law school after getting married and having a daughter.
After the 2008 recession, she worked as the Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
Warren’s efforts are focused on protecting taxpayers and fighting against the injustices of Wall Street. Named by Time Magazine as the “New Sheriff of Wall Street,” and 2009’s “Bostonian of the Year,” Warren never refrains from sharing her beliefs; she recently gave a brave speech over Trump’s divisive rhetoric during the election.
According to Bustle, war veteran Tammy Duckworth was elected this year as Illinois’s second female senator.
After serving in the Iraq war and losing her legs and partial use of her arm after a helicopter accident, Duckworth promises to help working class families, improve college affordability, create jobs, and provide more support for veterans as senator.
Another fun fact is she is that she holds the seat Barack Obama held before becoming president.
As the Democratic senator from New York, Gillibrand has said she will consider running for president. As senator, she established herself as a champion for women by fighting to expand paid family leave and working to end sexual assault on college campuses and in the military.
According to Time, the five biggest issues Gillibrand advocates for are raising minimum wage, supporting universal pre-kindergarten, making day care more affordable, enacting paid family leave, and finally ending the wage gap between men and women.
Gillibrand backed out of running in 2016 to help support Clinton. Who knows if 2020 might finally be her year?
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