In age of Trump, black women running for office in higher numbers | USA News

Donald Trump’s rise to power outraged Alabama resident Suzanna Coleman. When the Republican businessman and former reality television star won the November 2016 presidential elections, Coleman decided to take action.

Like many other African American women in the historically conservative state, Coleman, a lawyer and social worker, arrived at an epiphany: Why not run for office?

With Alabama’s political representatives overwhelmingly white and male, the barriers were plenty. Women hold a mere 15 percent of the seats in the state House of Representatives, and African American women hold around half of those seats.

“For some reason, we don’t feel we should hold positions of power,” Coleman told Al Jazeera. “A lot of that changed. We had the same epiphany: Well, why not?”

Joining the ranks of…

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