The 2016 election was one that won't be forgotten anytime soon. The anger, hostility and disappointment felt by many may linger until the next Presidential election. However, there was a definite bright spot that occurred on November 8--the most diverse group of women was elected to the United States Senate. While small in number, that diverse group includes Howard University alum, Kamala Harris, who became the 2nd African-American woman and the 1st Indian-American elected to that body, representing California. Harris is now the fourth Howard University alum to become a US Senator.
The three others, of course, were men and one was white. Massachusett's Edward Brooke was the first- he was also the first African-American elected to the US Senate and the first to serve since Reconstruction. Harris Wofford (who is white) of Pennsylvania was appointed to fill the seat of John Heinz, who'd died in a plane crash and Roland Burris replaced President-elect Barack Obama.
Harris' career began after she completed law school at the University of California's Hastings College of Law. Since that time she made a name for herself, first in San Francisco where she was elected District Attorney and then throughout the state when she became Attorney General.
(photo credit: Eric Risberg/AP)