Combatting disparity

Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls launched

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman talks to reporters during a news conference. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey met with Roland Martin, host of NewsOne now, to discuss the launch of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, the first of 430 registered congressional caucuses and member organizations to be specifically designed to make black women and girls a priority. “No one really focuses on our (women’s) voices when they are discussing public policy,” Coleman told Martin, adding that “on one hand we’ve got the issue of disparities and the need to address women’s needs and to raise their voices in public debate and discussion, on the other side of it, we need to showcase women who are tremendously accomplished.”

Explaining further, Coleman said that African-American women are “subjected to a lot of disparities,” including education, police misconduct, social issues, sexual assault, and health care. Furthermore, while black women are “counted on” to support a multitude of issues, Coleman says the issues most important to them are often neglected. The new caucus would work to raise those issues, as well as to highlight the accomplishments of black women “in all areas of economic and educational life,” so that young black girls and women have examples to look up to.

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