Lack of diversity has always been an issue in the cutthroat arena of politics. Although the number of black women who hold positions in political offices is substantially lower than their white counterparts, the number has increased over the years, partially due to President Obama bringing some ‘color’ into the White House.
Condoleeza Rice was one of those women who broke barriers, becoming the first black female secretary of state. Before Condoleeza, Shirley Chisholm was widely known for breaking barriers, as she became the first black woman to be elected into Congress in 1963.
There may only be a small number of black women in politics, but these women have become key players in political decision making and reform. They have stood firm in their social beliefs on issues that directly affect the country.
Check out our list of women in politics that you should know.