Electing More Black Women Requires Rejecting a Single Story Of Women’s Political Progress

Electing more Black women requires rejecting a single story of women’s political progress

There is no single story for women in American politics. Take election 2016 for example. Few have characterized last year’s election as good for women.
Whether because the first female nominee for president was defeated or because women saw little to no gain in representation across levels of office, the dominant gender narrative that emerged from last year’s campaign was hardly positive. But this story ignores important successes among women of color broadly, and Black women specifically.
In our latest report, we tell the electoral story that is unique to Black women in 2016. Black women were 3 of the 14 non-incumbent …

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