The fight for progress happens at every level of government. Investing in women candidates—from the ground up and down the ballot—is how we will win.
I was a young woman who knew she loved politics but had no idea how to translate that into a career, because I did not have enough women of color around me in political roles to teach me. I became a political staffer who had no idea how to navigate systems and institutions that were built by people that did not look like me. I dealt with micro-aggressions and inappropriate comments when I moved on to roles as a mid-level manager. Now, I’m a senior staffer who sits at the tables that I had hoped and dreamed to be in—and when I look around, I see no one else that looks like me. That’s why I created the Brown Girls Guide to Politics.