5 Black Women In Politics To Watch

Although women make up an estimated 51 percent of the U.S. population, they occupy less than 25 percent of elected offices at all levels of government in the United States.

However, a handful of Black women who are running for city and state offices are defying convention.

Some of the most impactful policy decisions —like criminal justice, housing and education— tend to be made among city and state legislators, mayors and governors. Here are five black women to watch bidding for these positions this year.