The milestones come as Taliban militants carried out several attacks, including one on Afghanistan’s election commission headquarters, in the run-up to the election and as the presidential candidates suggest making peace with the Taliban. All eight of the presidential candidates talked about their support for women’s issues. In 2009, the last presidential election, women made up 40 percent of the vote. According to the election commission, 7 million people voted this time, and a third were women. Turnout was especially low in Taliban strongholds, where few voters were seen at the polling stations.
Here is a round up of photos and tweets that captured the historic day: