#BlackWomenLead: Why We Lead

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August 2016 #SundayBrunch

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Re-imagining the United States Senate with 100 Black Women Senators

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I'm often asked, what are the barriers to women of color running for elected office? I usually cite a number of predictable and persistent barriers such as inability to raise money, serving as heads of households they are unable to afford to run.

Women of color are usually serving as caregivers to elderly loved ones, and of course sexism is real, and racist stereotypes too. All of these barriers are legitimate. However, I know, the greatest barrier comes from a lack of confidence and ownership, the nagging fear of one's own power, and of course, the fear of losing. Lately James Baldwin's profound and prophetic words have been a repeat refrain in my head "Your crown has been bought and paid for, all you have to do is wear it."

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#BlackWomenLead: Taking our Seat

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July 2016 #SundayBrunch

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