Title: Women Voters and the Race Gap in American Politics
Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
Political analysts have struggled to explain why over 50% of white women voters chose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. This is not a new trend. With few exceptions, White women have been longstanding and consistent supporters of Republican Party presidential candidates and politically behave differently from women of color. This talk explores how the persistence of a partisan gender gap between male and female voters is driven by the historical patterns of women of color voters, particularly black women, in majority support of the Democratic Party candidates since the 1960s.