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EVENT ADVISORY: #BlackWomenLead: Harnessing the Political Power of Black Women

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Contact: Tanya Arditi
Phone: 202.741.6258

Contact: Aprill O. Turner
Phone: 202.649.0719

Washington, D.C. – Black women drive the economic and the electoral power of Black communities. They spend 85 cents to every dollar in the Black community and make up 59% of the Black elected.  Yet, the nearly 22 million Black Women are being under represented.

Please join the Center for American Progress and Higher Heights on Thursday, June 19, 2014 for 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 and impact public policy and elections.

Panelists will discuss the implications of this study on the economy, reproductive health, education, and voting rights, as well as the impact of the Black woman vote on the 2014 and 2016 election cycles.

At the event, Higher Heights and The Center for American Women and Politics will release a new report, “The Status of Black women in American Politics”. 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.

Media coverage is welcome, in-person at the event or remotely here via live stream. Follow the conversation at #BlackWomenLead.

To request an advance copy of the report, please contact Aprill O. Turner at or 202.649.0719.


Introductory Remarks:
Daniella Gibbs-Léger, Center for American Progress

Glynda C. Carr, Co-Founder, Higher Heights
Kelly Dittmar, Ph.d. Assistant Research Professor, Center for American Women and PoliticsRutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA)
Delegate Charniele L. Herring, Virginia House of Delegates
Kimberly Peeler Allen, Co-Founder, Higher Heights
Wendy G. Smooth, PhD, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University

Maya Harris, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


Thursday, June 19, 2014
12 p.m. ET – 1:30 p.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20005

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