Black women vote often yet rarely elected. Dayton event examines why today

Black women have a high voting rate but low representation in Congress, state legislatures and other elected positions.

A community dialogue hosted by YWCA Dayton Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 will examine the political marginalization of women of color and equip attendees to push for change.

A panel session will begin at 6 p.m.Thursday at the Dayton Metro Library – East Branch, followed by interactive breakout group discussions and takeaways attendees can implement quickly and easily, the YWCA said in a press release. The event is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“While Black women are active in their communities and vote at the highest rates, they are represented the least in political office and public policy,” Sarah Wolf-Knight, advocacy coordinator, said in a release. “We recognize this void of representation and believe that through activism, community allies can move the needle in the Miami Valley.

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In the last two presidential elections, black women had a higher voting rate than all other groups of men and women. Black women are also registered to vote at the highest rate of any cohort.

Yet, black women make up 6 percent of the U.S. population, but hold just 3 percent of seats in the U.S. Congress, the YWCA stated.

The event is free. RSVPs can be submitted at Questions can be sent to

The event is the fourth installment in the YWCA Dayton’s Y-Dub Discussion series as part of the nonprofit’s advocacy work to eliminate racism and empower women.

Prior Y-Dub Discussions have looked at the impact of school boards on local public education, the effects of trauma in the classroom; toxic stress and the effects of lived trauma on community systems, and the disproportionate rate of sexual assault experienced by women and girls of color.

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