The Inaugural List: Nominate a Black Woman in Illinois Politics pays respect to Black Women in Illinois Politics. It’s our way of honoring them for breaking down barriers in the Party and paving the way for the next generation of black women. This year’s list of brilliant honorees is a reminder of the beauty and resilience of black women, at a time when Illinois politics can be a place of sexism and indifference to black female participation. How did we arrive at The List? By asking you to submit names organically via google forms. These women were not selected due to highest twitter, facebook or any social media platform numbers, but putting in the years, the time, experience and sweat it takes to push the party FORWARD.