She the People

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She the People is the leading race, gender, and politics network and initiative that advances our democracy by calling women of color fully into their fierce and loving leadership and collective power. She the People elevates and amplifies the voices and power of women of color in our role in forging an inclusive, multiracial coalition that will transform U.S. democracy. Founded and led by Aimee Allison, President of Democracy in Color, She the People is telling a new national story that rightly narrates women of color as the drivers of a new progressive political and cultural era.

She the People kicked off a national conversation with its inaugural She the People Summit on September 20, 2018 in San Francisco. The historic summit featured the nation’s most exciting progressive women of color leaders on the ballot, championing movements, and driving winning political strategy.[1]

Founder and host

Aimee Allison is the Founder of She the People, the national network elevating the political voice and power of women of color. By bringing together the most promising women of color candidates, strategists, and movement leaders, Ms. Allison is one of the primary architects for the electoral successes in 2018 that made it the “year of women of color in politics.” In September 2018, she convened the first summit to focus on women of color in politics to show that social justice can, in fact, become the law of the land. A democratic innovator and visionary, Ms. Allison has led forums and initiatives on race and gender at the Democratic National Convention and Politicon, among others.

In conjunction with her leadership of She the People, Ms. Allison is President of Democracy in Color, dedicated to empowering the multiracial progressive electorate through media, public conversations, research, and analysis. She has led national efforts to build inclusive, multiracial coalitions, expand the electorate, and support leaders who advocate for a progressive future. A thought leader, a speaker, and a writer, Ms. Allison's acclaimed podcast, “Democracy in Color,” has featured some of the best and brightest political leadership, including Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Congressman Ted Lieu, and Senator Cory Booker.

In the early 1990’s, Ms. Allison was one of the first women of color to be honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector and works today to support courageous, moral leadership. Aimee Allison holds a B.A. in history and M.A. in education from Stanford University. Author of Army of None, she has written for the New York Times, The Hill, and ESSENCE Magazine; and is online @aimeeallison.[2]

She the People Summit

She the People's three-year initiative kicked off with its inaugural She the People Summit on September 20, 2018 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. The sold-out, first-ever national summit of women of color in politics drew nearly 600 attendees, mostly women of color, from 36 states.

It was an unprecedented convening of women of color who are transforming U.S. politics, and leading the nation as leaders, voters, and strategists.

"Throughout that day I heard from young and old that, for most of us, it was the first time being in such a warm, loving, inclusive and powerful room," says She the People Founder, Aimee Allison.

The all-star line-up of powerful speakers included Rep. Barbara Lee; Rep. Pramila Jayapal; activists Linda Sarsour, Dolores Huerta and Alicia Garza, and candidates Deb Haaland and Rashida Tlaib, among many others.[3]

SPEAKERS

WE GOT US

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She the People WE GOT US: MARCH 16, 2020

A VIDEO CONFERENCE ON POWER, DEMOCRACY AND OUR COMMUNITIES IN THIS MOMENT OF CRISIS.

She the People’s 20 for 2020

She the People’s 20 for 2020 highlights women of color organizers, elected leaders, and strategists across the country who will play a crucial role leading up to the 2020 election. Many of these women also hail from battleground states -- Texas, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin among others -- where their work will undoubtedly play a key role in shaping the results of the election and the future of our democracy. All have bold, audacious plans for 2020 that range from registering hundreds of thousands of new voters, knocking on millions of doors, protecting every vote, flipping state legislatures, and electing more women to public office.

Here we recognize the very women whose contributions have been historically overlooked. Women of color who have long been a driving force for social change. It’s time that we give credit where it is due.

Each is determined to fight for the change that she wishes to see in the world and each is a pivotal leader in this very moment. Selecting just 20 women was not an easy task -- there are so many inspiring women working for change within their local communities. But the 20 for 2020 list are the women to watch, to listen for, to follow in the most critical election of our lifetimes.

In addition to the serious work these women do every day to make our country better and more inclusive, they also have a fun side. We asked them to share with us what they are reading right now and the music they currently have on their playlists (spoiler alert: Lizzo topped the list!). Check out the books and music that keeps our honorees inspired, informed, and dancing wherever they go.

The women on this list show us all how powerful we can be in service to our country and our communities. It shows the generosity of women who readily point to their sisters in the work and by doing so, encourage us all to shine. Each honoree named their “plus one” who they want to elevate and celebrate. That’s the beginning of yet another list of dreamers and doers, storytellers and strategists, organizers and officials. Each one of us knows a woman whose work we should acknowledge - and together we are a powerful force to create a country where we all belong, and where we are seen and heard.

Come 2020, this will be the key to creating a world we imagine. When we lift each other up, we can bring light and joy into the necessary work ahead for all of us.

Aimee Allison - She the People.

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