Black women are known for being reliable voters, and we have tremendous political capital that could be even more effective if we each commit to
voting in every election.
Black women show up and show support
Black women are one of the most active voting blocs in the U.S. electorate.
17.1 million Black women are eligible to vote, and 67% are registered.
Black women decide elections.
90% of Black women voters supported Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 Presidential Election.
96% voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, providing the margin he needed to win two presidential terms.
Black women made up 17% of voters who cast ballots in the 2017 U.S. Senate special election in Alabama, but they account for less
than14% of the state’s population.
Black women are increasingly running and winning
The 1st Black woman ever elected to the office of U.S. Vice-President is currently serving
25 Black women—the most ever—are serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Black women are currently 4.3% of all state legislators compared to 2.3% in 1999, and they make up nearly 15% of all women state
Black women are serving as mayors in 7 of the nation’s 100 most populous U.S. cities compared to just 2 in 2014.
But, there is still much work to do
Black women still lack representation in important chambers of power.
Black women are 7% of the population, yet they account for just 4.9% of all members of Congress and 3.7% of all elected officials.
No Black women are currently serving in the U.S. Senate, and only 2 Black women have ever served in this legislative body.
Only 6 Black women currently hold a statewide office, and a total of 16 have ever held a statewide office.
Although more Black women are serving in state legislatures, we hold just 317 of the country’s 7,383 state legislative seats.
(As of 12/31/2020)
No Black woman has ever served as a governor in our country’s 245-year history.
Black women fueled the massive increase in turnout nationwide by mobilizing friends and family and engaging voters beyond the ballot box. We must
continue to use our collective political capital to elect representatives who will champion our interests and support legislation that improves education,
healthcare, economic opportunities and the justice system for our families and communities.
Election DayMonday, November 07, 2022 11:59 pmIt's Time to Vote!