Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams sparked excitement among many progressives around the country with her announcement over the weekend that she is running for governor.
If Abrams, the Democratic leader of the Georgia House, wins the primary and general elections next year, she would become the first African American woman to be elected governor in U.S. history.
And she would be just the third woman of color to win a gubernatorial contest, joining former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, both Republicans. She also would be a political maverick in Georgia, which has not elected a Democratic governor since 1998.
Women, who make up more than half the U.S. population, are underrepresented at all levels of elected government. In Congress, women comprise 19.4 percent of its 535 members, according to the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University. (Washington Post)