Women of color formidable force in 2014 elections

NEW YORK, NY — Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger issued the following statement following the 2014 elections.

“Today, many are reeling after Republicans made gains in Congress, state legislatures and governors’ mansions. Pundits are buzzing about how the Republicans won and Democrats lost. The big news of this election is that women of color turned out in force to support progressive issues and candidates; and if more had voted, we would have seen a very different result.

“Black and Latina women overwhelmingly supported Wendy Davis in her bid for Texas governor. That’s significant because white women overwhelmingly supported Abbott. Had more women of color been registered and voted in that race, Davis could have been victorious. In fact, in some counties where large percentages of women of color voted, Davis did win.

“Women of color are the fastest growing block of voters. But with voter suppression measures, such as oppressive voter ID laws sweeping through many parts of the country, their voting power could be neutralized.

“We must do more to stop laws that target voters in an effort to keep them away from the polls. Such laws disproportionately impact women of color, women with disabilities, LGBTQ and immigrant women. We also need to redouble our efforts to register and turn out the vote of women of color and all voters who are being bullied away from the polls.

“The very legitimacy and fate of our democracy hinges on our ability to stop the manipulation of the electoral process through voter suppression. With more and more politicians using these draconian laws to protect their own seats, it is increasingly difficult to stop the attacks on women of color and all of the others who are marginalized.

“The Ms. Foundation for Women is committed to continue our support of grassroots organizations that seek to empower all women. Many of our grantees spearheaded campaigns to educate diverse communities of women about how to register, where to find polling places and to get them information about repressive ballot measures. We will continue to work with those grantees and collaborate with organizations and foundations across the U.S.”

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For more than 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in nearly 100 trailblazing organizations nationwide.