6 Coloring The Number 2
6 Coloring The Number 2
ST. LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 04: Missouri Democratic aldermanic applicant Cori Bush celebrates with … [ ] accompany and ancestors at her attack appointment on August 4, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri. Bush, an activist backed by the accelerating accumulation Justice Democrats, defeated 10-term bounden Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) in Tuesday’s primary acclamation to become the aboriginal atramentous woman adopted to represent the accompaniment of Missouri in congress. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
While some ballots are still actuality counted, the abutting affair of Assembly is already set to go bottomward in history books as ambience added than one new record. In accession to a record cardinal of women, the 117th U.S. Assembly will additionally calculation added women of blush than anytime before, according to a report from the Center for American Women And Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University. At atomic 50 women of color, 46 Democrats and four Republicans, will serve in 2021. This bests the almanac of 48 set in 2019.
The numbers accommodate 17 bounden women, 14 Democrats and three Republicans, who were not up for reelection in 2020 and does not accommodate Carnality President-Elect Kamala Harris, who will arise to the Carnality Admiral or non-voting assembly in the U.S. House. As of now, three women of color, two Democrats and one Republican, abide in contest that accept not yet been called.
Women of blush accept additionally set a almanac for the U.S. House with 47 women of color, 43 Democrats and four Republicans, accepting won their elections. This surpasses the antecedent almanac of 44 set in 2019. Of the 47, 25 are atramentous women, topping the antecedent almanac of 22 set in 2019. Latinas will additionally see a almanac akin of representation with 13 set to serve in the House, afore the antecedent almanac of 12 set in 2019. Seven are Asian or Pacific Islander women, two are Native American women and one is a Middle Eastern or North African woman. The CAWP relies on self-identification to actuate chase and ethnicity, and the counts accommodate two multiracial women, including one woman who identifies as both Atramentous and Asian and addition who identifies as both white and Latina. While alone counted already in the all-embracing count, the women are counted alert in the ancestral and indigenous groupings.
Now, for those befitting an eye on our all-embracing count, that agency alone three women of blush will be annex to the U.S. Senate in 2021—all of which already authority seats there as none were up for reelection this year. As no women of blush won acclamation in 2020, the Senate will calculation Senators Tammy Duckworth, Mazie Hirono, and Catherine Cortez Masto as the alone women of blush in the 100-seat chamber.
“Just bristles women of blush accept served in the U.S. Senate in all of American history, with four of those bristles currently in office, one of whom will anon leave the Senate for the carnality presidency,” said CAWP Director Debbie Walsh. “We’re heartened by the advance fabricated this year in electing women of blush to the House, but it is bright that there is abundant assignment larboard undone. Expanding the assortment of adventures amid the bodies who represent us improves outcomes for all Americans,” she continued.
Already California is captivated with babble and political prognosticating about who will ample Carnality President-Elect Kamala Harris’ soon-to-be-empty Senate seat. The accommodation lies with the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, who’s said he currently has no timeline for authoritative the announcement. Unless Gov. Newsom names addition atramentous woman to the seat, there will be no atramentous women in the Senate. At the aforementioned time, if President-Elect Biden selects any sitting senators for his cabinet, those seats will, in best cases, be abounding by an appointee. That agency the accepted calculation for women of blush in the aldermanic annex could acceleration or abatement in the advancing months with the abeyant for a woman of blush to be called or appointed afterward a vacancy.
Still, representation for women, in accurate women of color, charcoal low in the halls of Congress. Of the 535 voting members, women are currently set to authority 140 seats. Women of blush accept won in 50 of those seats, absolute aloof 9% of the aldermanic branch. That said, the abutting affair of Assembly is set to authority added women—and added women of color—than any affair afore it. Almost two months advanced of its countdown meeting, and with a few seats still up for grabs, the 117th U.S. Assembly has already fabricated history.