The 116th Congress has more women and people of color than ever – but there’s still room to improve


Women and people of color made substantial gains in the 2018 midterm elections toward diversifying the House and the Senate.

For the past three and a half decades, my co-author, G. William Domhoff, and I have been monitoring diversity in what sociologist C. Wright Mills called “the power elite” – those in the most influential positions in the corporate, political and military spheres.

We’ve found that, since the 1950s, corporations, political bodies and the military have diversified, but at a glacial pace and in different ways. Women, for example, made it into the corporate and political elites well before they were allowed to join the military elite.

The elections for the 116th Congress led to meaningful increases in diversity, especially among women, Latinos and…

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