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Coming to America: Exploring the underrepresentation of first-generation women in politics

Posted on News Coverage by , on March 28, 2022

Originally published in The Fulcrum, Sept 13, 2021. Alisha Saxena and Kaycie Goral of RepresentWomen, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for more women in office, share that the American Immigration Council reported that roughly 44.7 million first-generation Americans lived in the United States earlier this year. Within this population, there were approximately 2 million more women than men. Despite making up about 14 percent of the U.S. population, first-gen Americans, specifically first-gen women, are hardly represented as a community within our political bodies.