No Democracy Without Black Women Week of Action Toolkit

May 6, 2021

May 24-28 Week of Action Events

Black women are severely underrepresented in state legislatures. It is time Black women received the recognition they deserve. Join us in this week of virtual events to shine a spotlight on Black women in state legislatures! Read the No Democracy Without Black Women report.

Monday, May 24: Sister Solidarity Day and Twitter Storm  

Sister Solidarity Day: Everything looks better with a united front. We challenge Black women state legislators to join with one another and wear BLACK all day. Take a selfie, tell your story, and share it with us using #NoDemocracyWithoutBlackWomen! 

Twitter Storm @ 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 PT: Let’s take it to the tweets! Help us highlight the work of Black women by storming Twitter with likes, retweets, and posts about the Black women in your state legislature using #NoDemocracyWithoutBlackWomen! Add it to your calendar!

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Tuesday, May 25: Instagram Live Interviews with Black Women Legislators

Join NOBEL Women, SiX, and our partners for our Black Women Legislator Instagram takeover! Black women legislators will go live with partner organizations to talk about the findings of the No Democracy Without Black Women Report and share their experiences as elected officials. Tune in to understand why it's important to have Black women in legislatures, the role that representation has on policy, and what we can all do to be in solidarity with the legislators.

Follow: @nationalwomenslawcent @sarahanthony517  @yeonetwork @senatoranderson43 @blkwomenshealth @sistersleadsistersvote @repsonyaharper @americanprogress @atticascott4ky @higherheights4@dotiejoseph @genprogress @rena.moran @nwblackwomen @emilia_sykes @emilys_list @stateinnovation @nobelwomen1

Thursday, May 27: Black Women Legislator Panel Discussions

Register here

Join State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women) for two panel discussions with Black women legislators focused on the No Democracy Without Black Women report that highlights the transformative impact and underrepresentation of Black women in state legislatures.

Elected, Now What? @ 12:00 pm ET / 11:00 am CT/ 10:00 am MT/ 9:00 am PT

A panel conversation featuring Black millennial women state legislators discussing the immediate transition once becoming an elected official and the future of policymaking in an ever-growing political landscape. Panelists include:

  • Tennessee State Rep. London Lamar
  • Tennessee State Sen. Raumesh Akbari
  • Georgia State Rep. Erica Thomas
Leading in the Legislature @ 1:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm CT / 11:00 am MT / 10:00 am PT

A panel conversation featuring Black women legislators in leadership in the legislature and how to build a pipeline to more Black women leaders. Panelists include:

  • Speaker Adrienne Jones, Maryland House of Delegates
  • House Democratic Leader Karen Camper, Tennessee General Assembly
  • House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Register here

Suggested Social Media

  • We're joining the @stateinnovation & @NOBELWomen #NoDemocracyWithoutBlackWomen Week of Action because Black women legislators deserve better representation in state legislatures
  • We need more Black women in the statehouse and in leadership. #NoDemocracyWithoutBlackWomen
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  • Nobody is better suited to dismantle racism and sexism than the people who experience it daily—Black women.

    Yet, too few Black women serve in state legislatures.

    Learn more in @stateinnovation and @NOBELWomen1's report. #NoDemocracyWithoutBlackWomen

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Speaker Adrienne Jones
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More Sample Social Media Posts

In Mississippi, Black women make up 19% of the state population but only 8% of the state legislature.

Explore the data in your state. #NoDemocracyWithoutBlackWomen

The percentage of Black women in [STATE] is XX%
The percentage of Black women in the [STATE] legislature is XX%

A fair and equitable society will only be possible once Black women have seats at 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 table. #NoDemocracyWithoutBlackWomen

"As one of two Black women in our legislature, I face threats from people filled with racial hatred, I face erasure from my colleagues, and I face institutional racism." — @atticascott4ky

"Black women helped fuel change up and down the ballot during the 2020 Election; just imagine the transformational power ‘Black Girl Magic’ can have in city councils and state legislatures."


In the midst of a pandemic and economic recession that are having devastating consequences on Black women, the need for Black women to have decision-making power in the solutions to these crises has never been more apparent.


There remain 8 states without a single Black woman in their legislature, despite the Black population in each state ranging from 2-6%: Vermont, South Dakota, Hawaii, Arizona, Idaho, Nebraska, Montana, and North Dakota. 

This is not what democracy looks like. Black women representation matters if we want real change.


It is crucial to have Black women serve in leadership positions within state legislatures. When we do, the potential is limitless. 

Check out this Ms. Magazine article on why Black women need to have a seat in the legislature!

Our democracy needs to reflect the people that are keeping it alive! 

Read 19th News to learn more about why Black women are still underrepresented in America’s statehouses.

As Black women continue to be at the epicenter of preserving democracy, where is their representation in state legislatures across the country?

Learn more about The Dual Consciousness of Democracy in The BGGuide and support Black voices in government.

Underrepresentation creates barriers where there should be a steady flow of ideas and policy from communities to the capitol. 

Lasting progressive change must begin with removing the barriers of entry for Black women.


Black women legislators need to be recognized for their leadership and their policy priorities should be given the attention they deserve.


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