Reflecting on her 2016 presidential election loss to Donald Trump, Clinton praised black women for their steadfast commitment to the Democratic Party.
"Sometimes people have a hard time envisioning black women in these really important political roles. So it is a challenge," said Fairley.
Former Illinois senator Carol Moseley Braun, however, believes that these challenges should not discourage black women from seeking elected office.
"It's very difficult, but you can't be deterred by the difficulties," Braun said. "You have to really be focused on the opportunities and the opportunities to the larger community."