Kamala Harris, Lathika Mary Thomas and Pramila Jayapal
Three Indian-American women have figured in a list of 19 women who could make history if elected to the US Congress in November.
In a Congress that has only 19 per cent women, over a dozen women from both sides of the aisle could end up breaking barriers if elected in the November polls, the popular Cosmopolitan magazine said as it released the list of the women.
The three Indian-American women who figure in the list are Pramila Jayapal, who is running for House of Representatives from Washington state; Kamala Harris, who is seeking to enter the Senate from California; and Lathika Mary Thomas, who is running for the House on a Republican ticket from Florida.
Jayapal and Harris are from Democratic party.
Jayapal came to the U.S. from India at 16 on her own because her parents wanted her to have more opportunities. She attended Georgetown University and worked on Wall Street before becoming a labor organizer and national advocate for the civil rights of women and immigrants.
She became a U.S. citizen in 2000, and in 2001, after 9/11, founded South Asian and Arab advocacy group Hate Free Zone.
As a Washington state senator, she helped pass a $15 minimum wage and paid sick days in Seattle. She is running for Congress in Washington state's 7th District, the magazine wrote.
Jayapal, who earned an endorsement from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, would be the first Indian-American woman in Congress, if she wins the elections in November.
Born to an Indian physician and a Jamaican Stanford professor, Harris is poised to become America's first black female senator in two decades and its first Indian American woman.
Harris attended the historically black college Howard University, got a law degree from Hastings College, and then worked at an assistant district attorney's office in Oakland.
In 2010, she became California's first female, first black, and first Asian American attorney general.
If elected, Harris would be the second black woman in Senate after Carul Mosley Braun in 1992 and the first Indian-American in the Senate.
Harris, who has been endorsed by US President Barack Obama is currently the California Attorney-General.
According to latest polls, both Jayapal and Harris are expected to win their respective elections.
Like Jayapal, Latika Mary Thomas if elected to the US House of Representatives seat from Florida would be the first Indian-American woman in the Congress.
She is daughter of Indian doctors who immigrated to America in 1972.
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, the 37-year-old moved to Florida as a child.
According to her website, she currently serves as general counsel at the Department of Elder Affairs.
Ami Bera from California is the only Indian-American Congressman in the current Congress. He is among the three Indian-Americans elected to the Congress ever.
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