Anita Hill’s testimony in Congress triggered the first “Year of the Woman” in 1992, after she accused the Republican Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her. But that wave of enthusiasm and outrage mostly elected white women.
The new allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, another Republican Supreme Court nominee, comes from a white woman. But in a rapidly diversifying America, it may help Democrats elect not only more white women, but also an unprecedented number of women of color.
Hundreds of women are gathering today in San Francisco for the inaugural “She The People” summit, billed as the first ever national confab for women of color in politics.
Elected officials, candidates for office, activists, organizers and voters are expected from around the country for the sold out event. Keynote speakers will include Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA); Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter; and Linda Sarsour of Women’s March.
It’s a historic year: a record 256 women are running for the House and Senate. Will this result in a record-breaking number of women elected? Democracy in Color president Aimee Allison believes success lies with women of color.
“[Women of color] are the most progressive block,” Allison tells BUST in a phone interview. “We have the numbers to flip states blue. We are the potential that hasn’t been previously recognized.”
Women’s Equality Series: Part 2. Increasing the political power of women of color empowers people of all races and genders. Meet the spokeswomen of the New American Majority.
I don’t know you, but I’m pretty certain of one thing. Unless you’re white, male, heterosexual, rich, ultra-conservative, and far- or alt-right, there’s a very good chance that you’ve felt marginalized and disempowered by the priorities and policies of our current president and administration.
She the People is a national movement to elect more women of color, spearheaded by our very own Aimee Allison, who, with her two guests, provides insights into how to harness the power of voters of color throughout the South and the rest of the country. Political strategists LaTosha Brown and Tory Gavito dissect the organizational errors that have mired Democrats for decades, explain why “the South eats strategy for breakfast,” and how women of color are redefining what makes a winning strategy one House seat at a time.