“So many professional black women who reach the highest ranks of their professions wear the armor, as Annalise does. … To err is human. But if you live in a society that doubts your humanity as a black person, let alone as a black woman, then the stakes are higher for those struggles and perceived failings. Every imperfection is used as proof positive of what white supremacy says about black people.”
Author: Atima Omara
Atima Omara is the founder and principal strategist for Omara Strategy Group—a firm that is devoted to supporting and centering women, communities of color, and LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented communities in politics and advocacy. Before starting her own firm, she worked as staff for 10 federal, state, and local political campaigns as well as multiple progressive, labor, and community organizations. A former candidate for public office herself, Atima has also won elections in her own right to multiple Democratic Party leadership roles including serving from 2013-15 as the first Black and fifth woman President of the Young Democrats of America in its 81 year history and being elected statewide by grassroots party activists to represent Virginia to the Democratic National Committee. She is a regular writer, speaker, and television guest commenting on gender, race, and its intersections with politics and culture especially around women’s leadership. You can follow her on twitter at @atima_omara
Roe at 40: Reproductive Justice for Black Women
On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we see the continued lack of women-of-color voices represented in the mainstream debate on reproductive justice.