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BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is retired U.S. Circuit Court Judge Ann Claire Williams, whom you met briefly last week!  Judge Williams was the first African American to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and only the third woman of color to serve on any United States Court of Appeals.

Click here or below to learn more about how strong relationships and an excellent reputation catapulted her career, and why she decided to become a prosector and use the law as a force for justice and fairness.

Check her out!

Forget the Cheaters, LEGAL Discrimination in College Admissions is the Real Barrier for Black Women

This week’s announcement that numerous wealthy white folks paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to help their kids cheat their way into college, made us want to scream but not for the reason you think.

The fact is that LEGAL discrimination in college admissions, especially via something called "legacy preferences," has long disadvantaged us. 

Read Jocelyn's piece to learn the truth about Black women and college success. 

We're not trying to break your heart...

But we've got to have an honest conversation about Black women and college access and success.

The widely-publicized fact that we're the most highly educated folks in the U.S. is fake news.  While Black women have made big strides in college graduation rates over timethere is still a BIG gap in college graduation rates between Black women and other demographics.  

And, if you think about it, how could this not be the case? 

Years of wealth-stripping in Black communities, legal and de facto segregation, significant underinvestment in public schools, and legacy preferences in college admissions (aka affirmative action for whites!) have created a situation where getting a college degree is a monumental task.

Read more.

Trump's 2020 Budget is a Bust for Black Women

Last Monday, Donald Trump’s administration announced its budget for 2020. You won't be surprised to learn that it's bad news for Black women.  The plan cuts $1.5 trillion from Medicaid over the next ten years and cuts $207 billion from the student loan program. So much for Making America Great Again.

To learn more, read Kelly's article and call your Congressperson! 

BlackHer Turns 1!

In much better news, BlackHer turned one last month and we are SO GRATEFUL FOR YOU!

This time, last year, we were praying that a few Black women would find our commentary interesting and now our community has grown to nearly 3,000.  Your enthusiasm has blown us away!

Like us, you know that Black women in the U.S. deserve so much more than the crumbs we often get and that means building our personal, economic, and political power by changing the rigged rules of our systems.

You also let us know that you like our 45 AMAZING BlackHerSheroes!  Check them out!

These women are redefining celebrity and letting the world know that #BlackWomenLead in politics, nonprofits, and business as well as entertainment, beauty, and fashion!

In year two, WE HAVE SO MANY IDEAS for how to create more educational and inspirational content for and with you.

We're also eager to know what you do and don't like about our platform. Please email us at jocelyn@blackher.us or angela@blackher.us.

In love and solidarity,

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