Op-Ed: GA is Ready for Black Women to Lead

By Amira Daugherty & Loren Walter of IGNITE at Agnes Scott College

In response to Mayor Theresa Kenerly of Hoschton:

Women of color have existed as members of a society that, for centuries, did not invite us to conversations surrounding our own lives. But that doesn’t mean we’ve stood by silently and disengaged. There is an incredibly rich history of black women’s civic and political activity in Georgia, from our work during the Civil War to political activism during Reconstruction and standing firm as the backbone of the Civil Rights Movement. Our history serves as the groundwork for today’s leaders that capture the nation’s attention, evidenced by the powerful and effective leadership of trailblazers like Representatives Lucy McBath, Park Cannon, and Leader Stacey Abrams.

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IGNITE News | April 2019

In this issue:

  • A Letter from Anne Moses
  • Congresswoman Katie Hill to Keynote Young Women Run
  • IGNITE Women are Leading Advocacy Efforts
  • Candidate of the Month: Nashra Mohammed
  • IGNITE Fellows Program is coming to Nashville
  • Welcome our New IGNITE Team Member
  • Become a Scholarship Champion
  • IGNITE in the News
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Why I ran for school board

I ran for office because I think that without social justice, we cannot be the generation of change we talk about aspiring to be. My interest in community service started when I transitioned from being a Chicago Public School student to a Niles West student. Being a former student at CPS, I saw the inequality of education students received. As I continued to adjust, I became very frustrated. I was struggling and that is when I decided to fight.

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Legislative Advocacy in California with IGNITE

During the 2019 California legislative session, IGNITE young women chose to advocate for Assembly Bill 31 to repeal the “tampon tax”.

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Legislative Advocacy in Colorado with IGNITE National

During the 2019 Colorado legislative session, IGNITE young women chose to advocate for Senate Bill 7 to prevent sexual misconduct at institutions of higher education.

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Legislative Advocacy in Texas

During the 2019 Texas legislative session, IGNITE young women chose to advocate for House Bill 375 to increase college students’ access to voting. HB 375 would require that polling places be made accessible to young adults on college campuses. HB 375 seeks to ensure that college students have the opportunity to cast their ballot at a convenient location on campus. This is an effective step to increase voter turnout among Gen Z and Millennials.

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We Need More Women in Politics: Let’s Start with Student Government

Going to a women’s centered institution, I have had the privilege of being surrounded by amazing women and people who have inspired me to make change on my campus, but I know that isn’t the case on all campuses. Out of 50 colleges ranked by US News & World Report less than a third of the student body presidents were women. That needs to change.

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News from IGNITE - March 2019

In this month's update, read about:

  • IGNITE the Capitol & Legislative Advocacy
  • Candidate of the Month: Karla Garcia
  • 2019-2020 IGNITE Fellowship Program
  • Upcoming Young Women Run Events
  • Photo Essays from YWR New York, Atlanta, North Texas, and the Bay Area
  • IGNITE in the News
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Legislative Advocacy in Washington State with IGNITE

During the 2019 Washington state legislative session, IGNITE young women chose to advocate for House Bill 1053 to repeal the “tampon tax”. House Bill 1053 would make menstrual hygiene products like tampons, sanitary napkins, and menstrual cups, tax exempt.

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IGNITE Poll: Who is currently your top pick for President in 2020?

Following two additional female Presidential contenders entering the 2020 race, IGNITE released a poll this week on the Presidential candidate of choice for Gen Z and Millennial women, showing the majority of this group is undecided (35.3%). Of those who selected a candidate, United States Senator Kamala Harris was the top choice with 30.3%. Elizabeth Warren came in at distant third with 8.0%, and Julián Castro came in fourth with 5.3%. The nationwide poll was conducted February 4th- February 11th with 300 respondents.

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