#BlackWomenVote Influencer: Teri Washington

One of the interesting things about this election is that I haven’t heard any of the candidates talk to Black women in terms of our strength and our power. I have heard generalizations in terms of our grief and our struggle, but not to our resilience and our ability to create. This is unfortunate, because the Black businesswoman has grown significantly over the last 8 years.

In fact, during one of the most troubling economic trends 2007-09 the amount of firms owned by women of color doubled. There are nearly 2.8 million more businesses owned by women of color since 2007. Which means when our country was in a recession, nearly 8 out of every 10 new women owned firms launched; has been started by a woman of color. Black women business owners have political influence. If I have a business, I probably vote.

I think it’s time that the power of Black women stop being ignored. I think it’s time that folks realize that #BlackWomenVote

Teri Washington
Editor-in-chief and Publisher of HARVEST Magazine

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