Women in politics? Absolutely.

We are a nation of diversity — including both males and females — or so we think.

We have elected the 45th president of the United States of America, and, yes, he will be a male, but that was the people’s choice.

We must respect the election and proceed as a unified nation. In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having acceptance for females in the political spectrum, but are they really included at the national level?

As a female myself, I want to know that we are being represented, especially in politics. Representation goes beyond just changing a statistic. It has a deeper more emotional level.

Reresentation provides hope for the future. I want to know that one day in the future, our congress will represent not only gender diversity, but diversity as a whole.

According to an article published by the Nation, “Why Does the US Still Have So Few Women in Congress,” the female population in the U.S. is 51 percent but accounts for less than one fifth of the representation in Washington, D.C.

I do not want to downgrade the power of the female gender by any means. That would be disrespecting myself and others of my gender. But, aren’t our own people doing this by limiting our voice in government?

Many can counter argue and say: “Well, women are not running for elections.” And, to them, I would say: “Yes, we are and will continue.”

If you feel in your heart the desire to fulfill a career in politics, go for it. You have potential. Don’t you dare doubt yourself. You are an intelligent women that can empower.

I want females from all ages and ethnicities to know that they too can be political leaders. I want them to realize their power and their ability to change the lives of many. I want them to envision their picture on the wall of state legislatures, the Senate and House of Representatives and the Oval Office. I want them to know that one day we will have a female president who will change the generation of politics and push for change.

Despite Hillary Clinton’s loss, females still seized a victory in Arizona’s newest senator.

Her name is Catherine Cortez Mastro. Not only is she the first female senator of Nevada, Mastro, she is also the first Latina senator. Her experience is needed. She was chief of staff for Nevada’s governor Bob Miller, served as a federal criminal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, worked as an Assistant County Manager for Clark County, Nevada, served two terms as Nevada’s Attorney General and worked as chief law enforcement officer of Nevada. Knowledgeable and experienced are the exact words to describe her.

Mastro’s victory demonstrates that the female gender is involved in politics and equally prepared to hold office. This victory is inspirational and motivational. Yes, we have work to do, but we will continue to progress.