Black women are rocking it this election season and in Massachusetts Tuesday night, Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley defeated 10-term Representative Michael Capuano, in the state’s Democratic primary where she was said to be the underdog.
According to WCVB, Pressley, 44, could become the first African-American in the state’s history to be elected to the House of Representatives. Pressley’s campaign, fueled by social media fervor and grassroots action, has been closely watched by the public, for its history making possibilities.
Throughout Pressley’s campaign, her slogan was, “The people closest to the pain should be closest to the power, driving and informing the policy making.” It’s those words that were on Pressley’s office, and it’s those words and actions that helped her clinch the nomination.
Pressley’s win tonight also is considered momentous, because she joins the ranks of over 600 black women running for various offices across the country, which includes Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for Georgia governor.