Black Women Are Running For Office And These Are The Races You Should Watch

Black women have made strides in the political space, but we’re not done yet. Below are 20 races where Black women can make a lasting impact on Election Day.

Today is Election Day, and although many people are focused on the important presidential race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, there are many other high profile elections happening across the country where Black women are at the forefront. This election season is a pivotal time in our political history. This year a Black woman became her state’s first Black elected official. An Afro-Latina may become the first to serve in Congress. And Kamala Harris is the first Black and South Asian woman nominated on a major party’s presidential ticket. Black women have made strides in the political space, but we’re not done yet. Below are 20 races where Black women can make a lasting impact on Election Day.

We can’t forget about Congresswomen Lucy McBath (GA-06), Ilhan Omar (MN-05)  and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) who have hit the ground running in their first terms in the U.S. House. To track the historic number of Black women candidates this year and beyond, Higher Heights compiled a list of 400 Black women running across the country. 

As Americans head to the polls today, and as the millions of mailed in ballots are counted, all the Black women who are candidates across the country are letting people know that we don’t only want a seat at the table, but want to continue to build inclusive tables for generations to come.

Glynda C. Carr is the President and CEO of Higher Heights, the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies.

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