You Can Try To Silence Women Of Color In Congress, But It Won’t Work

You can try to silence women of color in Congress, but it won’t work

Twice in the span of a week, male senators tried to silence Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the only woman of color on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Harris, whose father is Jamaican American and mother Indian American, is one of just four women of color in the 100-member Senate. In both instances, her male colleagues sought to put an end to her tough, but entirely appropriate, questioning of Cabinet officials.

Perhaps these instances are examples of the silencing of congresswomen of color that political scientist Mary Hawkesworth identified in the 1990s.
But efforts to silence women of color have largely failed …

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