This is a story of democracy in action. It is about the first Asian American, first Indian American, and first Sikh American elected to serve in the U.S. Congress. It is about a female aviation pioneer who broke barriers in the air and in the political arena.
Their dramatic competition captured national and international attention and engaged America in a conversation about political representation that has strong parallels to what women and people of color face today.
A nonpartisan perspective on this surprisingly overlooked story of political inclusion will highlight the intersection of varied considerations of ethnicity, gender, wealth and belonging as we consider how to vote in 2024.