Election Wins for Women

This week was the one-year anniversary of Trump's election, Clinton's defeat, and women's collective inhale. As Tuesday's election results rolled in, I was heartened by the number of women who won their races after running for the first time, particularly those who did so in direct response to the wave of bigotry that has reared an ugly new head in the Trump era. Ashley Bennett, offended by a male politicians question about whether the Women's March would be over in enough time for them to cook dinner, unseated him in New Jersey. And Danica Roem, the first openly transgender woman to run for state representative in Virginia beat a male incumbent who proudly identified as being the "chief homophobe." These wins don't erase the fact that we have a long fight ahead of us. But they did allow me to to the one thing I hadn't done in twelve months: exhale.