WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- We've seen high participation in early voting but also high participation from candidates. A number of local races throughout the state are contested this year and across the country, the number of women of color running for office this year is at a record-breaking high.
Purdue Political Science Professor Nadia Brown calls this election cycle the "Pink Wave." She said this is the beginning of a transition in government that will truly reflect our country.
“Black woman, Latinas, Asian American women are more likely to represent issues and interests that other groups do not because they have a very distinct perspective because of their own experiences,” said Brown.
According to political website truthout.org, women of color running for office has increased 75% since 2012. With the accusations of sexual assault against people in power such as Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh and President Trump, Brown said many women, especially woman of color want their voices heard.
“These are things that women are thinking about as mothers or wives, daughters and sisters are saying how are we going to bring up the next generation so these are issues that women are concerned about and are running on,” said Brown.
This uprise in women of color taking on positions of power has inspired many including Warisha Aslam, a Purdue student looking to take office one day.
“As an immigrant woman of color in the United States and a political science major, it is not something you see very often. Just seeing the representation just fills you with this energy that maybe one day I can do it too,” said Aslam.
Voter turnout has also been at a record high this midterm, especially with young people and Aslam says this election season is the beginning of a positive change in our country.
“All the people around me are voting, people are mailing early ballots, they're in the lines and I just absolutely love it, just seeing the enthusiasm in the younger demographic,” said Aslam.
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