Di­verse sto­ries and pol­i­tics

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First black woman from New Eng­land in Congress

Ayanna Press­ley of Mas­sachusetts, who shares the hon­our with Hayes, was a Bos­ton city coun­cil­woman. Press­ley spoke openly on the cam­paign trail about sur­viv­ing sex­ual as­sault and the im­pact of in­car­cer­a­tion on her fam­ily.

De­scrib­ing Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion’s poli­cies as a ”lo­co­mo­tive that has been coming at us to roll back ev­ery civil right pro­tec­tion and free­dom that we’ve fought for”, she said women have been em­bold­ened: to vote, to vol­un­teer, to write checks, to run for their first po­lit­i­cal of­fice or aim for a higher one since the Women’s March af­ter

2016 elec­tions.

“When we stood on the Bos­ton Com­mon, we held signs that said: ‘To­day we march, to­mor­row we run.’ They just didn’t be­lieve us,” she said.

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