Black women are a powerful electorate with the proven ability to decide elections. But our political capital has yet to translate into a representative number of Black women holding office or robust, long-term policies that effectively address our concerns. The following data offer insight into our current political landscape, successes and challenges, providing information that can help us create strategies that move us toward leadership parity and effective policies.
Black women are a voting powerhouse
- 16 million Black women are eligible to vote, and 67% are registered.
- Black women made up 17% of voters who cast ballots in the 2017 recent U.S. Senate special election in Alabama, but they account for less than 14% of the state’s population.
- 94% of Black women voters supported Hilary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election.
- 96% voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, providing the margin he needed to win two presidential terms.