We are a movement to get more progressive women of color elected to office and to keep communities of color across America civically engaged.
What we do:
We started the first and only inclusive database of progressive women of color candidates running for local and federal office, which we update throughout the year. Every week, we curate a Friday newsletter with legislative updates and #SmartSaturday news highlights on social media.
In 2018, we were searching for a list of progressive women of color running for office across the country. We couldn't find it, so we decided to build one.
The United States is on track to be a majority-minority nation by 2044, yet 2018 data from Rutgers shows the people who are representing us do not reflect that:
Of the 535 Members of Congress, 38, or 7% are women of color.
Of the 70 women serving in statewide elective executive offices, 8, or 11.4%, are women of color.
Of the 7,383 state legislators serving nationwide, 449 or 6% are women of color. They include 109 senators and 340 representatives.
Electing women of color goes beyond representation. Throughout history, there has been a substantial gap between the people making the decisions and influencing policy and the communities who are affected by them. Together, we can not only close that gap, but we can create a stronger country where everyone's voices are heard.
This database is a resource but we implore you to do your independent research on the candidates who resonate with you. Vote, fundraise, volunteer, or ask a woman you know to run - organizations listed on the resources page can help with this. They need your support.
We hope you’ll use this as a start to finding the candidates that most align with you and help build collective power. Nothing changes until the people in power change.
Abby + Susan