October 9, 2016
Washington, DC – On a press call held in honor of National Voter Registration Day, the AFL-CIO released new data revealing black women voters as the key to electing Hillary Clinton president in November.
The data reveal that black women turn out to vote in higher numbers than other women and, just as they helped President Barack Obama win in 2008 and 2012, can secure the presidency for Hillary Clinton.
"Black women cannot afford to sit this election out," said Carmen Berkley, AFL-CIO director of civil, human and women’s rights. "A loss for Secretary Clinton is a loss for the black family, from the White House to the Supreme Court. We need to let our communities know what's at stake if we let a divisive fear monger like Donald Trump make decisions that affect everything from our families to our jobs."
The AFL-CIO plans to do large-scale outreach to all women union members across the country this election cycle in the key states of Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Many of these states are where black women made the difference in the past presidential election.
"Black women are born organizers," said Petee Talley, secretary-treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO, the first black woman to hold that position. "We know what our families and communities need to thrive, and we vote for candidates who can deliver."
The new AFL-CIO data indicate that black women participate in leadership in America’s unions at a greater percentage than their actual unionization rates. The benefit of this leadership is spread across black communities, making these women a force and the foundation for political change.