More black women are running for Congress than ever before

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More black women are running for Congress than ever before

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  • 122 black, or multi-racial black women have run in this year´s congressional elections, in America.
  • At the end of the primary season, nearly 60 Black women remain in the running.
  • According to the Center of Women and Politics and Higher Heights for America, black women make up nearly 8% of the U.S. population, but just 4.3% of Congress.
  • Black women voters also had the highest participation rate of any group in both the 2012 and 2008 elections.

Joyce Elliott, an Arkansas state senator who is seeking a U.S. congressional seat in November, was the second Black student to attend her local public high school; the first was her older sister. If elected in November, she will be the first Black lawmaker in Congress from Arkansas, ever.

On the campaign trail in June, Elliott attended a demonstration against racism in White County, which is more than 90% white, and spoke to attendees in the shadow of a Confederate monument.

Click here to read the full article published by World Economic Forum on 28 July 2020.

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