On Aug. 11, Biden announced Harris as the Democratic candidate for vice president. She's the first Black woman and South Asian woman to be nominated for VP, and should they win in November, she'd be the first woman elected into the White House.
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August marked 100 years since the ratification of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. In the century since, activists have continued to fight de facto disenfranchisement and voter suppression.
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After being denied the option to vote remotely after giving birth, California legislator Buffy Wicks brought her newborn with her to the state capitol. Remote voting was only available to members at "high risk" for COVID-19. She supported a bill expanding paid family leave, which passed.
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After the police shooting of Jacob Blake, athletes in the NBA and WNBA used their platforms to advocate for racial justice by striking. Tennis star Naomi Osaka followed, pulling out of the Western & Southern Open semi-finals, and wrote an accompanying Instagram post about her decision.
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As primary season wrapped up, Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush won her St. Louis primary. As Missouri's first district leans heavily Democratic, it all but assures her place in the U.S. House of Representatives. If elected, she'll be the first Black congresswoman to represent Missouri.
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According to an August report from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University, at least 243 women have won their congressional primary elections — a record high. That includes more Republican women and women of color than ever.