New Political Database Launches to Elect More WOC
WOC for America is a new database that aims to be a resource and part of the broader movement to get more progressive women of color elected to office. It allows people to search by state to find women of color candidates who are running for office, and includes information about their seat and core issues. Additionally, the site provides resources such as links to finding your polling place, how to support a pipeline of women of color candidates, and how to check if you're registered to vote. When creators of the site, Abigail Omojola and Susan Varghese, found out they shared the same birthday, the two began talking about the difference and impact they would like to make in their 30th year. Hence, the WOC for America database was born. “We were looking for a list of progressive woc running and we couldn't find one. We know other women were looking too, so we decided to create it ourselves,” Varghese told The Beat DC. “We definitely want to make sure we’re as comprehensive as possible in the candidates we cover on the site and make sure the importance of the local offices are out there as well. Those are often the people that control much of what happens in our daily lives and they're just as important as members of Congress,” Omojola added. Omojola is an attorney and Director at The Raben Group’s DC office. Varghese currently serves as a Senior Associate at The Raben Group in NYC. More here.