Not only have the number of women in congress grown, but the number of colored women to boot. This is a great achievement for women, fore we know that it has been a battle for women’s voices to be heard on serious matters. This year makes history for the 116th congress. This year has been the most inclusive ever. As a woman of color myself, it is very encouraging to see a line up of women that look like me.
The moment I saw the picture stroll across my timeline with the many faces of ethnicity I knew I needed to talk about it. I made mention of how the time is now for young people, especially those of color to go out and accomplish dreams and aspirations. I believe that making a difference in politics and how laws are made is integrated into that statement. I didn’t really know how much inclusion has evolved over time for women in congress, so I looked into it.
Women made their initial entry into the senate and congress in 1917. This mark in history made it possible for political opportunities to become available to women who had the chops to stand alongside our male counterparts. Certainly in 1917 the challenges were much more present. Trying to be a powerful voice in what had previously been a man’s game must have been a source of aggravation and discouragement, however those women were strong and pushed back hard enough to have made an impact on who could bring forth new ideas and arguments. Fast forward 47 years, the first woman of color was inducted into congress. Patsy Mink was the first Asian Pacific Islander in 1964 followed by Shirley Chisholm, an African American woman, in 1968.
Since 1964 there have been 70 women of color in congress and senate. Now in 2019 we can look at images like this …..
and know that we are headed in the right direction as far as have representation of all groups that make up the United States.
Imagine all of the future possibilities and the potential changes that we may see for the better. I’m just glad to be a witness to the evolution of inclusion within our national government. With each step forward, the number of unlocked doors of opportunity increases.
In light of International Women’s Day that recently passed, I am incredibly encouraged and empowered to be a woman. More importantly, I am proud to be a woman of color. I am proud of all the women who have worked hard to be where they are. It lights a fire for the rest of us who also look to be an influential force.