Vote to Give Women of Color and Their Families a Fair Shot


Vote to Give Women of Color and Their Families a Fair Shot

Earlier this month, we announced the launch of Fair Shot Action and Fair Shot Voter, resources we created because we need to let politicians know: if they want our votes, they have to make sure women and our families have a fair shot to get ahead, not just get by. This week we want to shine a spotlight on women of color, who make up a disproportionate share of our labor force and our electorate, but are often left out of the conversation.

Women of color currently make up 18 percent of the United States population, and the Census Bureau estimates that by 2050 that number will grow to 27 percent. They turned out in record numbers in the 2012 election to support policies like access to birth control, equal pay, paid sick days, child care, and raising the minimum wage. Yet they are the least likely to have access to the health and workplace protections they need.

We must make sure that the conversation on work-family balance is inclusive of all women. Please sign our pledge now to become a Fair Shot Voter.

Interested in learning more about this issue? Click here to watch the panel discussion held earlier this week at the Center for American Progress focused on women of color and their families.

It’s time to tell politicians that we want policies that are inclusive of all women, particularly women of color and their families. Thousands of people have already signed the pledge to become a Fair Shot Voter. Will you join them?

Fair Shot Action is a project of The Center For American Progress Action Fund, American Women, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and SEIU.

Co-Sponsors of Fair Sh0t Voter include:

AAUW Action Fund, American Women, Center For American Progress Action Fund, Emily’s List, Fair Shot Oregon, Generation Progress Action Fund, Moms Rising, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, PowerPAC+, Ultraviolet, USACTION and Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund.

Please share these infographics and sample tweets with your networks on social media!

The wage gap between Women of Color and White men is unacceptable. WoC deserve a #FairShot.

In 2013, Latinas and African American women were paid 54.5% and 62.8% of what white men made, respectively. #FairShot

This is appalling. African-American women deserve a #FairShot at receiving quality healthcare.

African American women are 4x more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. #FairShot

Post-recession recovery has been harder on Women of Color. WoC need a #FairShot at employment.

Women’s unemployment rates in 2013 by race/ethnicity–African American: 11.3%; Latina: 8.6%; White: 5.7% #FairShot

Women of Color & their families deserve a #FairShot at getting –and staying– out of poverty.

In 2013, almost HALF of all African American and Hispanic families with a single mother lived in poverty. #FairShot

Everyone needs paid sick days—and women of color are NO exception. #FairShot

Almost half of African American women & over half of Latinas do not have access to a SINGLE paid sick day. #FairShot