During the last few years in politics, I've become acquainted with more African American women in leadership. There is my queen, Michelle Obama, the former First Lady, a J.D. and now a Ph.D. She led her own public health initiatives, from lunch programs in schools to fitness campaigns for kids. And I can't talk Black leaders without mentioning Senator Kamala Harris, a best-selling author and one of the fiercest adversaries during her run for the Democratic nomination.
Still, when you think "Black woman politician," are these the only women that come to mind? If you can count how many Black women politicians you know on one hand, there's a problem. So while these two women captured attention for obvious reasons, there are a slew of rising leaders working on important political endeavors. Check out these seven women working in politics who will surely transform policy in 2020.