Dear ,

Thank you for being part of the BlackHer Community. We're advancing our personal, economic, and political power so that every Black woman can achieve her dreams!

BlackHer Shero of the Week

This week, we were thrilled to catch up with Dr. Johnnetta Cole affectionately known as "Dr. C”.  Dr. Cole was the first female African-American president of Spelman College serving from 1987 – 1997.  She was president of Bennett College from 2002 – 2007.  From 2009 – 2017, she was director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art. She recently joined the National Council of Negro Women as their 7th president and chair of the board.

Check her out!

Crowning Kamala

Speaking of amazing Black women who are changing the world, a new poll by She the People shows that women of color are ready to back Senator Kamala Harris for President of the United States in 2020!  Other candidates we're looking at include Beto O'Rourke, Joe Biden, and Cory Booker.  

Women of color want candidates to show up for our issues.  According to the poll, our top policy priorities include humane immigration reform, criminal justice reform, and Medicare for All!

Learn more.

Buckle up! It's going to be a bumpy ride.

We're only a week into 2019, but it looks like it's going to be a bumpy ride. 

Uncertain markets, a government shut down and another year of governance by the corrupt and incompetent Trump Administration are just a few of the things we're trying not to fret about.

That said, as Angela notes in her new article we've got lots to look forward to, including the Black Census and a new season of Game of Thrones!

Read more.

BlackHer Fact

Contrary to popular belief, Black women are not the most highly educated demographic in the U.S.  While we are enrolling in college at higher rates than others, the ridiculously high cost of a college education makes it hard for us to graduate.

According to Brookings, about 23% of Black women have a college education.  This compares to 44% for white women.  

Worse, the authors show that even when we do earn our degrees, it's not enough to close the wealth gap.  We need other public policy interventions.

Learn more.

Need Some Inspiration?

Check out and consider joining Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), an online community and in-real-life book club, exclusively for Black women. WRBG is the brainchild of Glory Edim.  Her goal is "to amplify the voices of Black writers and celebrate their achievements in the literary world." (We're down for that!)

You can get started by purchasing their new anthology, which includes essays and book recommendations by Jacqueline Woodson, Tayari Jones, N.K. Jemisin, Lynn Nottage, Rebecca Walker, and more!

Also, be sure to follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

In love and solidarity,

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