On January 25, 1972, Shirley Chisholm announced her bid for president at Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn. She told a crowd of supporters, “I stand before you today, to repudiate the ridiculous notion that the American people will not vote for qualified candidates, simply because he is not white or because she is not a male. I do not believe that in 1972, the great majority of Americans will continue to harbor such narrow and petty prejudice.” Thirty-six years later, the United States elected its first Black president. This week, we moved one step closer to electing a woman to the nation’s top office.Read more
Happy Mother’s Day! As we prepare to celebrate the mothers in our lives or the legacy of mothers that made a lasting impact on us with reflection, flowers, cards, brunches and dinners, and hugs and kisses please join Higher Heights in celebrating theses amazing women that have influenced our society in countless ways.
Often times, we hear that family obligations are a barrier for women when they consider stepping off the sidelines and into leadership roles. When in fact the unique perspective that mothers bring to decision-making tables helps create better policies. This Mother’s Day we asked four amazing elected women serving in various levels of government to share their thoughts and advice about running for office and serving as mothers.Read more
By Glynda Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen
Co-Founders, Higher Heights
As America ponders if we are “ready” for a woman president, 2016 provides a unique opportunity to harness women’s political and economic power to elevate women’s voices in important debates and impact this election in a significant way, including supporting and electing more women.
Hillary Clinton’s candidacies represent the possibilities that exist for women’s leadership as she seeks to crack the ultimate glass ceiling. What remains to be seen, though, is whether or not her historic race will help to create the momentum needed to elect more women in down ballot races across the country.Read more