Black women will play a key role in electing the next president, according to a recent report by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
Carmen Berkley, the director of civil, human and women’s rights policy at the AFL-CIO, said that the labor group wanted to provide context to the power that Black women voters have displayed over the past two presidential election cycles. In the briefing paper, researchers provided a case for why labor unions and non-profit organizations should be paying attention to Black women.
“Without Black women, President Obama would not have won the White House in 2012,” said Berkley. “Black women voters delivered in key battleground states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida where President Obama picked up 67 additional electoral votes.”
Berkley continued, “If Black women had not turned out, President Obama would have been five electoral votes shy of winning the presidency.”
Denise Rolark Barnes, the publisher of The Washington Informer and chairwoman of the NNPA, said that Black women voters could make a monumental difference in the outcome of the 2016 election, just like they did in 2012.