The next time someone tries to tell you white men are more “electable,” send them here. Our data show women of color winning elections and growing their share of seats at every level of government. (Whose share of seats is dropping? White men’s, actually.)
Confronting the Demographics of Power: America’s Cities
Tracking the rise of reflective leadership in America’s 100 largest cities, this 2020 report shows women of color driving the change, increasing their share of seats in city council and city-wide positions by 46% since 2016!
The Electability Myth: The Shifting Demographics of Political Power in America
When women of color run for office, they win at the same rate as white men. This report on the 2018 mid-terms shows that while women of color remain severely under-represented in office, they are making dramatic gains, and sweeping away misconceptions about what voters really want.
Tipping the Scales: Challengers Take on the Old Boys Club of Elected Prosecutors
Despite being unfairly targeted by the criminal justice system, women of color are gravely under-represented among elected prosecutors. Yet, our 2019 findings show, when they run for prosecutor, women of color are more likely to win than white men.
Leading the Conversation
National media outlets look to the Campaign and its director, Brenda Choresi Carter, for cutting-edge insights about how race and gender shape our politics and policy. Our focus on the structural changes needed to politically empower women and people of color is shaping a growing movement to defeat white male minority rule and achieve a fully reflective democracy.
[W]e’ve been running the numbers for a half-decade, and our findings consistently show that Americans don’t want an old boys’ club in charge. In fact, when on the ballot, women of all races and men of color win elections as often as white men do.Brenda Choresi Carter
In the Media
‘There’s a pretty significant shift happening. There is real change brewing in these cities. When given the opportunity voters in cities will elect leaders who actually reflect the population,’ Carter said.“Women of color are tipping the balance of power in U.S. cities.” The Hill
In the 2018 election cycle, women and people of color were just as likely as white men to win their races once they were on the ballot, according to a report by the Reflective Democracy Campaign.“Vote for the Woman Because She’s a Woman.” Time
Elected prosecutors have historically and overwhelmingly been White (95 percent) and male (80 percent). They still are, but since 2015, women of color have been chipping away at this hierarchy, with nearly 50 percent more of them stepping into prosecutorial positions in just five years, according to a new study from the Reflective Democracy Campaign….“Study Says When Women of Color Enter Prosecutor Races, They Win.” Colorlines