USC Students Elect First Female President in a Decade

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It's about time.

University of Southern California's students changed things up with their latest elections, voting in a woman for student body president for the first time in 10 years.

Rini Sampath, who is currently serving as student body vice president, and her running mate Jordan Fowler, beat their competition by nearly 2,000 votes, USC student government officials announced Tuesday night.

A woman hasn't held the title at the university since 2006, and up until this year, not even one woman ran for the position, according to the Los Angeles Times. This year, Rini not only ran for president, but so did Providence Ilisevich – also a woman.

With her new title, Rini is hoping to inspire more female students to run for office, telling the Los Angeles Times, "I'm really hoping to see women run for office every single year." She also headed to Facebook to show her appreciation, writing, "Thank you so much, everyone. All of this love and support has been unreal. We hope to make you all proud with the work that we do with our team in this upcoming year!"

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