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An African-American women is making history as the first black woman from Alabama to take the congressional oath of office. Once sworn into office in November, Terri Sewell will be part of a record matching Congress who will then have 15 black woman serving.

At the state level, black women are also steadily moving into office. The number of Black women serving in state legislatures reached 238 last year, as compared to 12 in 2009.

Sewell’s win reflects the progress and struggle black women have made in America to serve in political offices.

“We’ve come a long way, (but) we’re obviously not where we need to be,” Sewell said in a Montgomery Advertiser interview. “We need more women. We need more minorities. We need more diversity in electoral politics.”

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