Trailblazer Mia Love, a Utah Congresswoman in her recent op-ed published online for The Daily Caller, Mia Love writes: “Throughout history, and without fanfare, women have fought in our wars, teachers have inspired our youth, and generations of women have committed their lives to making this nation great.” The daughter of immigrants, Love’s election in 2014 to the People’s House Mia Love crophappens to also mark a number of firsts in Congress — she is the first African American female Republican, the first Haitian American, and the first African American from Utah.

“Women have accomplished many things throughout history. Women have successfully fought for a stronger country, influencing public policy, building viable institutions, championing for human rights and equal opportunities for all. We celebrate these triumphs, in spite of women being frequently overlooked and undervalued. And the struggle for equality continues. I am honored to be serving in the 114th Congress as the first female, black Republican member of the House of Representatives, and I hope I will not be the last. I honestly feel that, because of the hard work of those who came before me in history, I am truly evaluated by my accomplishments and what I bring to the table — not by my race or gender.”

As House Republicans build an agenda for a more confident America, we celebrate the trailblazers like Rep. Love who are making history for our next generation of leaders.