Center for American Progress

EVENT ADVISORY: Leveraging the Power of Black Women: A Discussion on Race, Activism, and the Progressive Agenda
Press Advisory

EVENT ADVISORY: Leveraging the Power of Black Women: A Discussion on Race, Activism, and the Progressive Agenda

Click here to watch the livestream of this event today starting at 12pm EST. Click here to read the related CAP column, Leveraging the Power of Black Women

Washington, D.C. — As part of an ongoing series that focuses on race and creating power to move the progressive agenda forward, the Center for American Progress will host a thought-provoking conversation about the importance of black women’s activism and the power of black leaders in the current environment on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, Monday, July 31, 2017.

Black women work every day on the front lines and behind the scenes as advocates, organizers, leaders, and powerful voices for progress and social justice. Their work is often unsung and unrecognized, yet they play a critical role in the success of their families, their workplaces, their communities, and society overall. This engagement is also reflected in their voting—for years, black women have been among the most active and reliable voters, recognizing the importance of engaging in the political process to achieve progress. But too often, the unique experiences of black women—like other women of color—are missing from the broader public debate about what women need and how best to respond. Persistent disparities in wages, health care, employment, economic outcomes, advancement opportunities, and more are among the many areas that call for targeted strategies and solutions.

Please join us for a conversation where experts will seek to help identify, explore, and highlight the solutions and ideas needed to advance the progressive agenda, with black women helping to lead the way

This event is open to press. Please click here to RSVP.


Introductory remarks:
Carmel Martin, executive vice president for policy, Center for American Progress

In discussion:
Susan Taylor, founder and CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement; editor-in-chief emeritus, Essence magazine
Jocelyn Frye, senior fellow, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
Melanie Campbell, president and CEO, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
Alencia Johnson, director of constituency communications, Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Tracy Sturdivant, co-founder and co-executive director, Make It Work
Janaye Ingram, director of national partnerships, Airbnb; national organizer and board member, Women’s March

Michele Jawando, vice president of Legal Progress, Center for American Progress; co-host, Thinking CAP podcast


Monday, July 31, 2017
12:00 p.m. EST – 1:30 p.m. EST


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


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