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.
Electing women of color is beyond representation. It is a means for survival and creating opportunities for historically marginalized communities - which means a stronger country for all. 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.
The United States is on track to be a majority-minority nation by 2044, yet 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.
In December 2017, America had a small victory in a seemingly endless political nightmare: Roy Moore lost the Alabama Senate Race. Remember how so many people celebrated and thanked the droves of Black women who showed up and showed out - effectively getting Doug Jones the victory? That was nice.
Thanking is not enough. For long-term systemic changes, we must invest in the local and national leadership of Black women and women of color.
We also know that being a woman of color does not automatically mean that someone is a fit candidate to create positive change.
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