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The number of Black women mayors leading major cities to reach historic high. Here is why they are winning

April 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A new wave of Black women are breaking barriers as they ascend to mayoral seats in cities with deeply rooted histories of racism and inequality.

(CNN)A new wave of Black women are breaking barriers as they ascend to mayoral seats in cities with deeply rooted histories of racism and inequality.

On Tuesday, Tishaura Jones will be sworn in as the first Black female mayor of St. Louis after winning the election earlier this month.

With the ascension of Jones and Janey, there will be a historic high of nine Black women serving as mayors of the nation's 100 largest cities.

Both Jones and Janey have vowed to make racial equity a priority while reflecting on their own lived experiences as Black women.

Kayla Reed, executive director of the grassroots racial justice group St. Louis Action, said she believes Jones can relate to the plight of Black people in St. Louis because of her lived experience as a single mother from a marginalized neighborhood.

Ferguson elected its first Black woman mayor Ella Jones last year.

Janey told CNN that she believes there is an added burden to being the first woman and the first Black person to serve as mayor of Boston.

Sullivan said it is past time for a Black woman to win the mayor's office in Boston.

Jones and Janey are joining the tide of Black women mayors who have emerged onto the national stage in recent years.

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