Denver, Colorado — No Democracy Without Black Women, a report released by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and NOBEL Women shows a dramatic underrepresentation of Black women in state legislatures across the country.
The disproportional lack of representation has serious implications at the state level for policy development and implementation. State legislatures are the critical front lines of the policy battles on issues ranging from reproductive justice, education, workers’ rights, health care, food and agriculture, criminal justice, democracy and voting rights, and everything in between. The people who most intimately know the true impacts of structural racism and sexism—Black women—know best how to dismantle those systems and move to a just and equitable democracy and society.
“Lasting progressive change must begin with removing the barriers of entry for Black women,” said Lauren Bealore, SiX Democracy Director. “Only with Black women in significant seats of power and at every table where decisions are being made can our nation truly recover from the racist and sexist structures that hold all our society back and build toward a more prosperous future for all, not just the wealthy few.”
KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM DATA
“Black women have earned a seat at the table, the right to lead the table, and to set the table. Only then will Black women begin to see radical returns on our social, financial, and political investments,” said Krystal Leaphart, NOBEL Women Operations and Policy Associate.
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