Here are some resources to learn more about statistics and perspectives related to the underrepresentation of Black women and women of color in elected office. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but just a few sources that are interesting and helpful.

Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP)

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University has the most comprehensive collection of information about women elected officials in the United States. Here are some helpful links:

Higher Heights for America PAC

Higher Heights for America PAC, the only political action committee exclusively dedicated to electing more progressive Black women at the federal, state, and local levels, provides information about Black Women in American Politics By The Numbers.


RepresentWomen compiles information about the current status of women’s representation in elected office, with a section called Demographic Divide that includes Representation of Women by Race.



Women in Congress: Statistics and Brief Overview

(Congressional Research Service, updated June 29, 2021) – includes extensive statistical information on women in Congress, including data specifically based on race/ethnicity.


No Democracy Without Black Women (SIX and N.O.B.E.L. Women)

provides a summary of statistics and other information related to Black women in state legislatures, with a database to conduct specific searches.


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