Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.
Scholar, Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics; Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University–Camden
Co-founder and managing director, Higher Heights Leadership Fund
If Hillary Clinton activated her “firewall” in the past week of presidential primaries, black women are a key component of it. Black voters voted overwhelmingly for Clinton in Democratic primaries across the nine states where race data is available, and the proportion of black women casting ballots for Clinton was even greater than the proportion of black men, based on exit polls reporting race by gender data. Gender gaps –the difference between women’s and men’s support for the winning candidates – range from 2 to 9 points among black voters in primaries in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Most significantly, Clinton has won more than 85% of black women’s votes in each of these states.Read more
GA State Representative Stacey Abrams
Occupation: GA House Minority Leader
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Follow her on Twitter at @StaceyAbrams
Happy New Year! Today’s Sunday Brunch with Higher Heights menu features our 2015 year in review. Just in case you missed any of our amazing profiles and interviews this year.
Join us next month as we kick off our 2016 Sunday Brunch series on Sunday, February 14, 2016 for a Brunch and Chat as #BlackWomenLead conversations about politics, policy and leadership.Read more
Our Voices Matter - Turning Political Action into Political Leadership
By Honorable Letitia James
New York City Public Advocate
Rock #BlackWomenLead Wherever You Go!
Just in time for the holidays, Higher Heights’ limited edition #BlackWomenLead long sleeve tee and tote bag are available for a limited time.
By Glynda C. Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen
A representative democracy – one where government leaders are chosen by its citizens – is the foundation by which the American political system is known. However, this democracy does not always take into account the interests of Black women though they make up a large portion of the overall Black electorate.Read more