Analysis of Black Women's Electoral Strength in an Era of Fractured Politics

By analyzing the demographic variables associated with the elections of black women, we can examine circumstances potentially impacting electoral success. Those insights can be used to create a framework—a blueprint—that can help boost black women, and their supporters, to succeed in attaining more reflective representation in elected office at various levels of government.



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Status of Black Women in American Politics

The 2015 report explores the barriers and opportunities that exist to harness Black women’s power at the ballot box and on the ballot.  In addition, this update includes the latest data available from the 2014 and 2015 elections and an analysis of the upcoming 2016 election and its potential impact to expand Black women‘s political engagement and representation.

Status of Black Women in American Politics, June 2014

Study Finds Black Women are Underrepresented at all Levels of Political Office, but Face Great Opportunities for Growth in Political Voice and Representation

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Urgency and Optimism: Chisholm's Legacy and the Status of Black Women in American Politics Today
By Glynda C. Carr & Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

Today would have marked the 91st birthday of an American trailblazer. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) approached public service with unmatched zeal and urgency. She became the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968, and the first Black person and first woman to win delegate votes at a major party presidential convention in 1972.


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