7 things Americans can be grateful for on Thanksgiving

Despite being a tough year in some ways, there have also been numerous points of progress.

7. The number of minority women in the Senate quadrupled

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Senator-elect Kamala Harris speaks with immigrant families and their advocates, discussing the election results and the nation's future in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov.10, 2016.

As the Monitor recently reported, minority women made gains in the US Senate and achieved various firsts in the US House and in state and local elections.

The Senate has never had more than one minority female senator at a time. Next year it will have four. 

Currently in the Senate is Sen. Mazie Hirono (D) of Hawaii, the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate. Joining her will be Tammy Duckworth of Illinois (the first Thai-American senator), Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada (the first Latina senator), and Kamala Harris of California (the second African-American female senator).

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