The transition from Black History Month to Women's History Month has been nothing short of fluid and phenomenal. On March 22, three black women, U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12,) Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.,) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) made history as they announced the emergence of the first Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. The three women described their achievement as “the first caucus devoted to public policy that eliminates the significant barriers and disparities experienced by Black women.” Out of a total of 430 registered congressional caucuses and member organizations, this one is the first and only that puts black women and their needs at the helm. “From barriers in education to a gender-based pay gap that widens with race, to disparities in both diagnoses and outcomes for many diseases, our society forces black women to clear many hurdles faced by no other group and asks them to do it with little assistance," states Watson Coleman. "Black women deserve a voice in a policy making process that frequently minimizes, or altogether ignores the systemic challenges they face. This caucus will speak up for them.” The caucus stemmed from the founder of a civic engagement project by Ifeoma Ike that "prioritizes underrepresented voices in the current political climate, Black and Brown People Vote," along with Sharon Cooper, Tiffany D. Hightower, Nakisha M. Lewis, Shambulia Gadsden Sams, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, and Sharisse Stancil-Ashford of the #SheWoke committee. This group of 7 powerful black women advocate for the rights of those that look like them, on a shared platform of "advocacy, equity, and sisterhood."
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