Earlier this year, news outlets across the country reported that a record-number of Black women were running for Congress. In September, I compiled a list with their names and links to their campaign sites. Now that one of the most contentious elections in American history is over, I decided to do a follow-up to see how the ladies performed. Of the 122 Black women who ran, 24 were elected, and two are freshmen.
Click a candidate’s name to learn more about her platform. This list is not an endorsement of anyone. It is however a representation of where we are as a country and how politics work in America. These 24 women beat the odds everyday. May their campaigning not be in vain.
Karen Bass (current chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus)
Nikema Williams (freshman)
Sharice Davids (she’s Native American, but still)