While all women are underrepresented in elected office, women of color face additional barriers. 

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Women of color make up 19 percent of the U.S. population, but only make up:

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The degree to which women of color are underrepresented makes it harder to increase their representation because of the huge advantage that incumbent candidates have over challengers in the majority of elections.

There is hope for the representation of women of color moving forward. In January 2021, the 117th Congress will feature an all time high for women of color's representation, with 51 women of color serving across the House and the Senate. This upward trajectory is great news for our national progress towards gender parity; but, progress remains slow and incremental.

Check out our Milestones page to learn more about women breaking barriers throughout history.

Check out the Center for American Women and Politics to learn more about elected women of color.