MakeChange — The Rising Power of Black Women

How Black women are shaping politics, entertainment and consumer trends, January 2018

Black women are showing their influence at the cash register, voting booth, and box office, but are still woefully underrepresented in leadership.

Last week, Oprah Winfrey made headlines not only for her rousing speech at the Golden Globes, but for the immediate speculation that she would run for president. While she quickly quashed rumors of aspirations to the most powerful political office in the world, to paraphrase her soon-to-be legendary speech, it surely wasn’t lost on Winfrey that many young black women were observing those “Oprah 2020” hot takes and hashtags, and becoming inspired to claim power for themselves.

Taking this on the heels of last month’s stunning political upset in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race, in which Democrat Doug Jones beat favored Republican candidate Roy Moore in a deeply red state largely thanks to the mobilization of black women voters, it seems Americans may finally be ready to understand and embrace black women as vital social, economic, and political influencers.

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