Black Women in Politics Who Rock!

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Karen Bass

After only four years in office, Karen Bass was elected state speaker in 2008, one of the most powerful positions in California’s legislature. She also became the first African-American woman in the country to head a state legislature. Bass is now a rising star in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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