Women Across the Country Are Winning Elections, Here Is Who's Taking Office

Women across the country emerged victorious Tuesday as voters participated in state and local elections.

The November 2 contests yielded a number of historic firsts, including the city of Boston and the state of Virginia choosing a woman of color for top political offices.

New York City has also made history by appointing a majority-female city council for the first time.

New Jersey will also be represented by a female lieutenant governor, no matter who wins the state's gubernatorial race. Democrat Sheila Oliver, the current lieutenant governor, and Republican Diane Allen are competing for the position. As of Wednesday morning, the governor's race was still too close to call.

Women Across The Country Are Winning Elections
Women across the country emerged victorious Tuesday as voters participated in state and local elections. In this photo, Republican Winsome Sears takes the stage during an election night rally at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles on November 2, 2021, in Chantilly, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Here's who will be taking office next year:

Shontel Brown

Brown will fill the Ohio congressional seat vacated by Marcia Fudge, who became President Joe Biden's Housing and Urban Development secretary. Brown has served as chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, the first woman and Black American to hold the position.

New York City Council

For the first time, women will make up the majority of the nation's largest city council. As of Wednesday morning, election results showed 30 women on the 51-member New York City Council. Shahana Hanif, who is Bangladeshi American, also made history as the first Muslim woman elected to the council.

Elaine O'Neal

O'Neal is the first Black woman to be elected mayor of Durham, North Carolina.

"Grateful, just grateful to be the next mayor of our fine city," O'Neal said on Election Night. "Standing here with you tonight I am thinking of the many challenges and opportunities ahead."

Winsome Sears

Sears is the first woman and woman of color to be elected lieutenant governor of Virginia. Sears, who immigrated to the United States from Jamaica as a child, is a Marine Corps veteran and former assemblywoman.

The Republican emphasized racial unity in her victory speech, telling a crowd of supporters: "There are some who want to divide, but we must not let that happen."

Michelle Wu

Wu is the first woman and person of color to be elected mayor of Boston in the city's history. She previously served on the Boston City Council, where she was also the first Asian American woman to be elected to the panel.

"From every corner of our city, Boston has spoken. We are ready to meet this moment. We are ready to become a Boston for everyone," Wu said after she was projected the winner of the race on Tuesday night.