In an effort to eliminate barriers and injustices experienced specifically by Black women and girls, three African-American women in congress made history Tuesday when they announced the creation of the first and only Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls.
According to The Grio, Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) confirmed the formation of the caucus with a press release stating that its mission would be to create policy that “eliminates significant barriers and disparities experienced by black women.”
“Black women and girls are disproportionately affected by myriad [of] socioeconomic issues that diminish their quality of life and threaten the well-being of their families and communities,” Rep. Kelly said in a release.
“The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls gives black women a seat at the table for the crucial discussion on the policies that impact them while also providing a framework for creating opportunities and eliminating barriers to success for black women,” she added.
Ifeoma Ike, the co-founder of Black and Brown People Vote, inspired the creation of the caucus along with Nakisha M. Lewis, Tiffany D. Hightower, Shambulia Gadsden Sams, Sharisse Stancil-Ashford, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever and Sharon Cooper who are part of the black women's rights advocacy group, the #SheWoke committee.