We need more women of color in government


Zsamario Maxwell

Fourth-grade scholar Ma’kiyah Stone participates in a class celebration on Jan. 20 for Kamala Harris’ inauguration.

MA'KIYAH STONE, Fourth grade staff writer

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president of the United States on Jan. 20, making her the first woman and woman of color to be elected to that position.

I got to celebrate this historic day with my ELA class by wearing pearls and writing letters to the new vice president. I felt empowered! This is a big deal. Seeing a Black woman becoming vice president for the first time made me proud to be a Black girl. 

In my letter, I wrote about how thankful I was to see such a strong and powerful woman. But I have to wonder, why has it taken so long for a Black woman to be vice president? Why haven’t there been any women presidents? Why has there only been one Black president? Why isn’t Kamala president?

I don’t know a lot about the government, but I can tell that there aren’t a lot of women who look like me. In fact, I Googled facts about it. 

The Senate, an important branch of the U.S. government, is made of 100 senators. According to representwomen.org, only 24 percent of the Senate is made up of women. This means out of 100 senators, only 24 are women. According to Rutgers Institute, only three of those women are women of color. Three out of 100. Out of 100 people, only three are women of color. This is just one example of why we need more women of color in government and a woman to finally be president.