Terri Sewell: ‘I never saw my limitations’

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Terri A. Sewell, the first black woman ever to represent Alabama in Congress, said she was raised to accomplish anything she wanted. “I never saw my limitations when it came to being a woman in anything, let alone political power,” Sewell recently told The Washington Post.

But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t experience the challenges that face most women in politics.

In the interview below, Sewell discussed the gender stereotypes she faced as a private-sector lawyer; her conversation with the late Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress; and how women can overcome their hesitations about running for office.

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