Black women over the years have consistently shown up at the polls but are still underrepresented in the elected office. This year, more than ever the black woman vote can really make change. It is reported that young women of color, particularly black women, are the most important voting body today. To give you some perspective, census and election data show that nearly 16 million African American women are eligible to vote, and 73 percent are registered. Black women had the highest voter turnout rates of all groups in 2008 and 2012 when president Barack Obama made history, and the second highest in 2016 when they overwhelmingly cast ballots for Hillary Clinton – and our numbers are only getting stronger.
Did you catch the theme here sis? Because we did. When we really wan’t to get something done – we show up and get it done. Regardless of what side you choose, never forget the women before you who died for your right to have an opinion, and cast that opinion publicly by way of voting. There is absolutely no way to affect change, by complaining and voicing our opinion through social media. Use your voice where it counts – and get to the polls!
In honor of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to serve in the U.S. Congress (1968) and the first Black person—and woman—to seek a major political party’s nomination for president of the United States (1972), ESSENCE put together The Chisholm List. This list profiles 59 Black women running for political office during the 2018 midterm elections.
Spread the word, and this amazing list Essence has put together by sharing on social media with the hashtag #TheChisholmList.
Midterm elections take place November 6th! Whatever side you stand on – your vote is important, and your right to vote should always be exercised. Happy Voting Boo!