On June 14, 2016, I had the privilege and honor to speak on the importance of Early Childhood Education to the economic security of low-income women and families at the United State of Women Conference in Washington, DC. At the event, the leadership of women of color was front and center.
This article, written for the New York Women’s Foundation, highlights and how the social sector might embrace and lift up diverse voices to maximize impact.
In Sharp Contrast: While Women of Color Leadership was Front & Center at United State of Women Conference, in the Social Sector Not So Much
On June 14, 2016 more than 5,000 women from across the country joined President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and other national leaders for the United State of Women Conference in Washington, DC. The historic conference focused on equal pay; women’s health care; education; violence against women; entrepreneurship and leadership, and civic engagement.
Of the more than 100 individuals that addressed the large gathering, Women of Color Leaders made up nearly half of the speakers, providing an intersectional analysis and solutions rooted in the lived experienced of women and girls of color. In her opening plenary remarks, Joanne Smith, Executive Director of Girls for Gender Equity and Co-Chair of the Young Women’s Initiative for New York City spoke passionately about the need to work across sectors and identity to build an inclusive and representative movement to end gender-based violence.