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Women Of Color Hold Great Voting Power, Will Politicians Listen?

For Black women, addressing high maternal death rates, discrimination, and reforming the criminal justice system were top priorities.

New polling data released by Intersections of Our Lives highlights the influential voting power of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), Black, and Latina/x women while revealing its sentiment that policymakers and politicians are not prioritizing issues that directly impact their daily lives.

Women of color perceive a deterioration in the country over the past year and believe that, given the long history of racism, it is time for a leader who will establish long-overdue systems of racial justice.

Intersections of Our Lives is a collaborative effort by three reproductive justice organizations led by women of color from: the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice (Latina Institute); National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF); and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. “…Women of color voters are too powerful a force to be ignored during this year’s election season,” stated NAPAWF Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow. “If our communities do not see the change we expect and deserve, we are prepared to fight for that change at the ballot box.”

“This poll makes it clear that women of color voters expect their elected officials to speak to Reproductive Justice issues that matter to them,” said Latina Institute Executive Director Lupe M. Rodríguez. “By joining forces, we can focus the power of this influential voting bloc to affect change.”

For Black women, addressing high maternal death rates, discrimination, and reforming the criminal justice system were other top priorities that each community wants Congress to act on. “Make no mistake, Reproductive Justice is a key issue…and it will determine who we support this election season,” said In Our Own Voice President and CEO Regina Davis Moss. “Our vote is key to securing equity and justice for our families and generations to come.”

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Source: Black Enterprise

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