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Kotb and her family lived in Egypt for a year, as well as in Nigeria. Her mother, Sameha ("Sami"), works at the Library of Congress.
We spoke with three black women on the need for more diversity, the barriers women face, and the resources available to overcome these perceived roadblocks.
In a 2015 report, Higher Heights for America found that, although black women made up 7.4% of the U. population, they were just 3.4% of Congress, less than 1% of statewide elected executive officials, 3.5% of state legislators, and 1.9% of mayors in cities with populations over 30,000.
If you're a black women thinking of going into politics, there is no better time than now.
"The numbers skew very high." There's no evidence that Smith filed any domestic violence claims against her estranged husband, but her mother, Irma Sykes, told the Los Angeles Times that "the trouble began" when she decided to leave.
Kotb was an anchor and reporter for WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1992 to 1998.
WWL-TV has been one of Louisiana's top news stations for decades.
African-American women only make up about 13 percent of U. women, but comprise about half of female homicide victims — the majority of whom were killed by current or former boyfriends or husbands.
Related: Three Dead, 1 Wounded in 'Murder-Suicide' in Classroom According to Justice Bureau statistics, African-American women are victimized by domestic violence at rates about 35 percent higher than white women.