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In the 21st century, the stories of early women candidates have nearly been lost. Even after ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment and the integration of women into the electoral process, it continued to be a struggle for women to get elected to public office beyond the local level. Many states have yet to elect a woman to high office. For women of color the opportunity to serve in elective office at the national level has come slowly. Patsy Mink, from Hawai'i, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1964; and in 2012 Hawai'i elected the first Asian-American woman to the Senate. The first African-American woman representative, Shirley Chisholm was not elected to Congress until 1968. The first Hispanic American woman was elected to the House of Representatives only in 1989. There were strides the 2018 elections to Congress: the first two Native American women were elected, one of them, Sharice Davids, is openly a lesbian; and Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were the first Muslim American women.

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