As someone who immigrated to Hawaii from Japan as a young child, I know firsthand the determination it takes to thrive in a new school, a new language, and a new country. I was able to succeed because of all the opportunities I had.
Sheryl Sandberg is right -- we don't have enough women leaders. And she's right that it's a classic chicken and egg problem. No matter what the original cause of the problem is, getting more women to run for political office is a big part of the solution.
This week saw a historic election for women, both on the ballot and at the ballot box. Women who run for office today will inspire more of our young women and girls to do so in the future, so we can one day get to 51 percent representation.
The real winners and losers are the constituents and causes who did battle on the ground and on the airwaves, and whose lives and livelihoods will be influenced by what happens over the next four years and beyond.