Maggie L. Walker was the first African American woman to charter a bank in 1903 and serve as its president

Strolling through Jackson Ward, the historic district in Richmond, Virginia once known as the “Harlem of the South,” it seems every building, every block, is steeped in African American history, culture, and pride.

I’d first visited this community before the global pandemic shutdowns and collective loss. Established by free and…

What’s at Stake

This important voting bloc is ready to drive seismic change

Black woman wearing a face mask that says “Show up for Black women.”

ZORA has delved into what’s at stake in this election cycle with an important series about women of color and the vote. We sought the insight of political activists, advocacy groups, lawmakers, and community stakeholders. Read on for insight into a voting bloc that may impact not just the next…

What’s at Stake

Indigenous women and their communities want their say in the 2020 election

Indigenous woman wearing face mask at a protest in July.

ZORA has delved into what’s at stake in this election cycle with an important series about women of color and the vote. We sought the insight of political activists, advocacy groups, lawmakers, and community stakeholders. Read on for insight into a voting bloc that may impact not just the next…

What’s at Stake

With 29 million eligible voters, their influence is undeniable

Latina woman voting at a poll in California. The booth has an American flag on it.

ZORA has delved into what’s at stake in this election cycle with an important series about women of color and the vote. We sought the insight of political activists, advocacy groups, lawmakers, and community stakeholders. Read on for insight into a voting bloc that may impact not just the next…

What’s At Stake

As the voting bloc grows, so does their ability to swing votes in their favor

Asian mother and daughter holding a VOTE sticker.

Data shows that in 2018, turnout among women of color increased 37% from the 2014 midterms. That ushered in such diverse lawmakers as Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first woman of Palestinian descent in Congress, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who is Muslim, and Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland, the…

This new legislation would examine slavery and institutional racism

As protesters across America march, shout, and kneel to demand an end to police brutality, and as the land of the free and the home of the brave grapples with racism, some believe the truth could set this nation free.

That’s the spirit behind new legislation that Rep. Barbara Lee…

During GirlTrek’s #DaughtersOf discussion, these powerful Black women take stock of their heritage

A collage photo of Bernice King and Ilyasah Shabazz.

This is a story about royalty, but not the monarchies across the pond. Black royalty. The queens and kings in our nation and world, latter-day and ancestral, who wear real and invisible crowns of courage, pride, and purpose. They often need no introduction. We know their names.

Bernice A. King…

The Ms. Foundation is led by two women who are putting girls and women of color back on the map

DDecades before the powerful #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the Ms. Foundation for Women has been at the forefront of building women’s collective power in America, fighting to advance gender equality and justice for all. Now 45 years since founding mothers such as feminist icon Gloria Steinem and actress and child…

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