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Happy Monday!  We're so glad you're here. Together, we're getting educated and inspired to build our personal, economic, and political power.

BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Dorothy Butler Gilliam, award-winning journalist, and a trailblazer whose influence at one of the nation’s top newspapers inspired a generation of women and minorities to enter the media profession. In fact, a more diverse media was a goal Gilliam worked toward all her career. Her second book, Trailblazer, A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America, is now out!

While the headlines of Gilliam’s long career are well known – in 1961, at the age of only 23, she became the first Black woman hired at The Washington Post – the book reveals the personal side of the woman, giving readers a truer sense of the costs of her accomplishments.

BlackHer guest writer, Karen James Cody spoke to Ms. Gilliam about her extraordinary life and career.

Check her out!

The News is Not Good.

It's been over 50 years since Dorothy Butler Gilliam blazed a trail for us and became the first Black female reporter at The Washington Post.  That got us thinking, how diverse are US Newsrooms anyway?

Google News Initiative and the American Society of News Editors teamed up to answer this question and created this very cool tool.

Unfortunately, the news (pun intended) is not good!

Even though newsrooms KNOW that diverse reporters and publishers create better and more relevant coverage for readers, since 2001, some organizations have LOST ground in the pursuit of diversity.

P.S.  ICYMI, we started BlackHer to address the GLARING disparity in media coverage for Black women.  With your support, we aim to: define our own coverage priorities; lift up (and employ!) amazing Black women writers; and, showcase Black women who are changing the world!

College Signing Day is May 1st. Let's Celebrate!

May 1st is the fifth annual College Signing Day, a national event started by our #ForeverFirstLady Michelle Obama.

According to Ms. Obama,  We decided we needed to make going to college and getting an education as big a deal as getting a contract, because this is the investment that no one can take away from you. And the only reason I am standing here today is because I was where you were, way back when.” 

We LOVE how Ms. Obama has made heading to college and celebrating our educational successes SEXY!

If you are in college, aspire to be, or have a college student in your life, we salute you!

Watch the video and take a moment to learn more about this stellar movement.

She the People Presidental Forum Makes Candidates Accountable to Black and Brown Women

Last week, Senator Cory Booker, former Secretary Julian Castro, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Former Representative Beto O'Rourke, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Elizabeth Warren participated in the first-ever Presidential forum focused on women of color.

The event was called She the People; it's the brainchild of BlackHer Shero Aimee Allison

Read more about what the presidential candidates had to say and are truly prepared to DO to secure the democratic base (that's us!), win our votes, and be accountable to our concerns.

Need Inspiration?

Watch Nina Simone perform, "How it feels to be free."

Listen.

Need More Inspiration?

Go get your copy!

In love and solidarity,

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