While Hillary Clinton didn't attain the highest office in the land in November, women still made their mark on the political scene, both in Washington and across the U.S.
Here are nine women who are making high-stakes contributions to the direction of the country, or who are poised to do so in the weeks, months and years ahead.
Not all of them are household names, and some are politicians with little name recognition outside of the districts they represent. But all are worth watching.
Rep. Barbara Comstock has represented Virginia's 10th District since the midterm elections of 2014. While many declared her chances grim in last year's election with Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, this Northern Virginia Republican representative won her district impressively. Despite Clinton's carrying her district, Comstock finished her own race with an even higher vote percentage, and her full potential has Republicans wondering if she should be the one to take on Sen. Tim Kaine in the 2018 Senate race.
Rep. Diane Black has represented Tennessee's 6th District since she won in the midterm election in 2010. This year the Republican made history when her House colleagues named her the first woman to chair the House Budget Committee, a position that placed her front-and-center in the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, along with the nation's budget and tax reform. Keep an eye on her next move as she eyes the governor's office in her home state of Tennessee. With previous stints in both the Tennessee state House and Senate, she has built up the relationship within state government to make that move to the executive office.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is everywhere. The Massachusetts senator and progressive firebrand has staked herself as the resistance opposition to all things both Republican and Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell memorably silenced her from reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King during the confirmation process for Jeff Sessions to be attorney general. Democrats seized the moment and sent a fundraising email, and 48 hours later the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had raised $767,000 online.
Chelsea Clinton. From first daughter to mother to almost first daughter again, Chelsea Clinton has emerged from her mother's disappointing loss with a new social media personality that is much sassier than her deliberate, cautious approach from the election. From her spinach pancake tweets (yes, spinach pancakes) to her swipes at the Republicans' vision for replacing Obamacare, Clinton is emerging with a voice that might want to carry on the next generation of Clintons to elected office.
Ivanka Trump. The newest first daughter has her eyes on policy. The mother of three is trying to build support for her signature issue of affordable child care as well as paid family leave. Plus, she has been meeting with both lawmakers and top corporate executives to build a force to be reckoned with on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was the highest-ranking woman in the Republican House leadership no one had ever heard of until she delivered her measured response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech in 2014. It was a moment that elevated the former farm girl from Washington and first in her family to go to college into the public eye.
Rep. Mia Love is a true trailblazer. In 2014, she became the first black Republican woman elected to Congress after a narrow loss for the seat in 2012 by fewer than 800 votes.
Love grew up in Brooklyn, went to the University of Hartford for Fine Arts, worked as a flight attendant, moved to Utah after college and converted to Mormonism. She ran and won a city council seat in Saratoga Springs in 2004, becoming mayor in 2010. Keep an eye on this rising star as she makes her mark in Congress.
California State Sen. Janet Nguyen. The Garden Grove, Calif., native became the nation's first Vietnamese American female state legislator last year, making history in her own right. The Republican then grabbed national attention last week when she was trying to speak out on the Senate floor against the late State Sen. Tom Hayden, once a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, when a Democratic state senator physically removed her from the floor. Expect this lawmaker to quickly climb the ranks and perhaps bring back Republicanism to California.
Sen. Kamala Harris. When California voters elected Democrat Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, to the U.S. Senate, they broke one barrier and restored another: California had never before elected a black politician to the Senate, and she became only the second black woman in the nation's history to serve in the upper chamber.
She has immediately endeared herself to the populist Left with her rhetoric on justice and redemption. Look for her political stock to rise in Washington as sharply as it did in San Francisco.