cross posted from Daily Kos
The frontrunners for the Democratic nomination for president are a woman, Hillary Clinton, and a black man, Barack Obama. Both are United States Senators. Nominating either would represent a major advance for a group that has been under-represented in the national government. This relatively brief diary, which is Not A Candidate Ddiary because it does not advocate for or against a presidential candidate, will examine the history of both groups – blacks and women – in the United States Congress. If we think that underrepresentation is an example of injustice in a Democratic system, and IF we wish to consider making a statement about equity as part of our decision making about for whom we will vote knowing the history of representation in Congress might be useful. Even if we intend to ignore issues of race and gender in our own voting, it might serve some purpose to be aware of the history, and hence this diary.