BALTIMORE, MD (June 2, 2021) — While Black women have been celebrated for their overwhelming participation in elections, the conversation around their civic engagement is often limited to the ballot box. A new report by Black Girls Vote (BGV) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) examines Black women’s impact and potential beyond elections, and calls for urgent investment in their civic health. The report uses various civic health metrics, including electoral and non-electoral civic participation, and provides a policy analysis rooted in BGV’s three advocacy areas of focus — educational improvement, economic prosperity, and healthcare access. Together, BGV and NCoC are calling for urgent policy change that will truly recognize the challenges and barriers Black women may face, and support and sustain their civic-engagement through an intersectional approach.
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