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Ensuring the Voices of Women of Color are Heard

2024 Intersections Poll

The latest Intersections of Our Lives Poll, released on May 9, 2024, surveys the issues that are top of mind for women of color voters in a critical election year. We found that women of color want to hear and see our experiences and issues addressed by policymakers.

    • Voting is seen as extremely important to create the change women of color want to see in the country by 65% of Black women, 64% of Latina/x women, and 62% of AAPI women. Nearly nine in ten women of color say voting is extremely or very important.
    • Rising costs and concerns about the economy are priorities for women of color. These concerns encapsulate many other issues important to women of color, like ensuring access to affordable health care (including abortion and birth control), fair housing, the cost of living, and closing the pay gap.
    • Women of color strongly support full bodily autonomy and access to abortion care. Women’s rights and abortion, combined, are top issues for 31% of Black women, 34% of Latina/x women, and 36% of AAPI women. When combined, these issues are tied for rising costs and prices as a top voting issue for women of color. 
    • 79% of Black women, 76% of AAPI women, and 75% of Latina/x women agree that it isn’t enough to make abortion legal. We must make sure people can access abortion care, no matter where they live or how much money they have.
    • 93% of Black women, 84% of AAPI women, and 79% of Latina/x women agree with the statement that racism has gone on too long and that it’s time we have a leader who will advance racial equity policies that are long overdue.

Conducted by Lake Research Partners and HIT Strategies, the poll clearly showed that women of color are high potential voters whose voting choices are driven by how policies impact our lives, a need for change, and our values. They want to see real change on the issues that impact their lives, and want to hear and see their experiences and issues addressed by policymakers.

2021 Survey: Understanding the Priorities of Women of Color Voters

As Reproductive Justice (RJ) organizations, we operate under a human rights frame that all people have the right to control their bodies, sexuality, gender, work and reproduction. Reproductive Justice will only be achieved when all people, of all immigration statuses, have the agency, economic, social, and political power and resources to define and make decisions about our bodies, health, sexuality, families, and communities in all areas of our lives with dignity and self-determination. We center the needs, perspectives and solutions of people of color.

2019 Survey: Women of Color are a Powerful Voting Bloc

In 2019, Intersections of Our Lives released new polling data that demonstrates the growing power of Black, Latina, Asian American and Pacific Islander women voters. This new research follows the 2018 midterm election where women of color voted at historic levels. 

The poll demonstrates that women of color voters are overwhelmingly concerned about the state of the country (75 percent) and believed that the stakes were too high not to vote in the 2018 election (88 percent). Importantly, a majority of women of color are paying close attention to the actions of their elected officials and want to see progress made on the issues they care about – including access to clean water, access to affordable health care, and ending racial discrimination.

2017 Factsheets

Economic Justice


Women of color are the backbone of the economy of the United States. As 22% of the labor force, women of color do the critical work that allows out our country to thrive. However, many barriers to our economic security remain and vast numbers of women of color have yet to receive the promise of shared prosperity. These disparities impact women of color themselves, their families and their communities.



The hopes of immigrant women are reproductive justice hopes. Whether to seek a better life for themselves and their families, or whether to escape violence and other crises, over 20 million immigrant women and girls live in the United States today, five million of whom are undocumented.