Why We Need More AAPI Women in Elected Office

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Only 47 Asian American and Pacific Islander women are among the 7,383 state legislators across the country, and only 10 are among the 535 members of Congress.

But this year, a record number of AAPI women Democrats are running for Congress.

Kamala Harris speaking with attendees at the National Forum on Wages and Working People in Las Vegas, April 2019. (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Progressive Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women can be a key factor in turning out voters in battleground states like Georgia and Michigan, and building a more inclusive Democratic party—if only we change the narrative.

Like Black women, Asian American and Pacific Islander women, Latinas and Muslim women face a specific kind of misogyny that others them and seeks to make them seem less American than their white counterparts.  The intersection of race, religion and perceived…

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