U.S. Women Are Advancing In Politics At A Pleasantly Alarming Rate
American politics can be a draining affair. With the perpetual controversy and head-scratching moments surrounding Donald Trump's presidency, every other day seems like a step backwards on the political playground. However, a recent observation in the landscape of politics as it pertains to a minority group offers a degree of encouragement.
There has been an uptick in success when it comes to women in the political arena, specifically when it comes to the primary elections. According to the Atlanta Tribune, this year, more women than ever before have been winning major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House.
For starters, there are reportedly close to 50 black women running for Congress this year, including Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) and Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah). If Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) wins—which is likely since there aren't any Republicans running for the primarily Democratic seat—she will become the United States' first Muslin-American woman to be in Congress. Paulette Jordan could become the first Native American governor in the country's history if she is victorious in Idaho. Christine Hallquist (D-Vt.) became the first transgender candidate to win a major-party gubernational nomination.
Down in Georgia, Stacey Abrams hope to become America's first black female governor. Additionally, Democrat Laura Kelly is running for governor in Kansas.
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This all follows after Georgia Mayor Keisha Lawrence Bottoms' gratifying win and Bronx firecracker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's advancement in her Congressional pursuits.
In addition to possibly shifting power back to Democrats in the House, all this diverse representation has the likelihood to change the direction of conversations surrounding abortion rights, immigration, gun control, health care and education.
Best of luck, ladies, and readers, make sure you go out and vote on Election Day.