There aren't enough black women in government, especially when it comes to growth. Even though black women make up 7.8% of the population, only 5% of the people who are elected are black women.
Black Women's PAC aims to elect more Black women to local, state, and federal government. Since last summer's protests, financing has increased and Black women in American politics have become more visible, from Vice President Kamala Harris to Georgia organizer and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
Black Women's PAC plans summits and rallies to increase voter participation and understanding and encourage Black women to vote.
Even though Black women are usually behind when it comes to fundraising, six of the ten congressional candidates who raised the most money in the last quarter of 2021 were Black or Latino. This was because of diversity in key races and a shift in the focus and strategy of fundraising in general.
Black Women's PAC President Tracy Scott said, "I've worked on political campaigns before, so I know how important it is to raise money and am aware of the differences between women and men and between Black women and white women," said Tracy Scott, president of the Black Women's PAC. "I felt like I needed to build up the political system and support and encourage Black women who want to run for office or are already in office."
The group has also held fundraisers, celebrated incoming Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, and welcomed celebrities to help raise awareness of voting injustices, according to Scott.
Progress being made
Scott is confident that their efforts are making a difference, despite being early and difficult to measure. Since the PAC's founding in 2018, website traffic has risen more than 70% and voter awareness and engagement events have grown more than 50%.
Organizations like Scott's, Higher Heights for America, the Collective PAC, #BlackWomenVote, and American Mosaic PAC see 2022 as a perfect opportunity to elect more Black women to leadership positions.
Glynda Carr, CEO of Higher Heights, thinks long-term while most political operatives think two to four years. She said her organization spends years preparing candidates for prominent political positions. They build a strong ground game and a dedicated donor base, and they convince prominent donors and party leaders to back their candidates.
Higher Heights and other companies hold training camps for top executives and Black female candidates. They now endorse Black women candidates much earlier than in the past, frequently before their campaigns begin.
The work goes on
Scott wants to see Black women succeed outside of areas with a high black population. As she notes, Black women can work and live everywhere, so why can't they be represented? Scott added that Black women's work is not finished until they are given a place at ALL tables.
When it comes to funding, Black women tend to have less money to run for office, and some women don't want the drama that comes with politics in today's society.
The Black Women's PAC is dedicated to empowering Black women as political donors in support of electing more Black women to public office throughout the state of Texas. This is done by developing, building, training, funding, and growing Black women's political and intellectual infrastructure.
The nonpartisan voter activism campaign #BlackWomenVote provides Black women with the resources and knowledge they need to get involved in their communities regardless of political party.