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#BlackWomenLead: Harnessing the Political Power of Black Women

June 19, 2014, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET


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The late Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) once said, “At present, our country needs women’s idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.” This statement rings true today, and women—particularly black women—have a pivotal role to play. Currently, black women represent a significant economic and voting base within the American populace, yet they are seriously underrepresented in politics and even in the pipeline toward elected office.

Please join the Center for American Progress, Higher Heights, and the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics for the release of the “Status of Black Women in American Politics” report, featuring a panel discussion on developing and implementing a long-term strategy to build, expand, and support a leadership pipeline at all levels for black women and proactively harnessing their political power to influence both public policy and elections.

This comprehensive report provides a historical outline of black women’s struggle for political representation and discusses the current landscape of political leadership for black women across the country, as well as their growing political influence. It demonstrates the need for greater engagement, recruitment, and inclusion of black women in politics and government.