This women’s history month we most certainly want to reflect on the work, effort and accomplishments of women in our past who have broken down barriers and fostered opportunity. Women like, Ida B wells, journalist, educator and NAACP founder, or Lucy Hicks Anderson, one of the earliest fighters for marriage equality in the United States. Women, like them, have paved the way for equity and opportunity for women, and while we will continue to celebrate them, we also want to look forward. We want to look to the future and lift up the women who are working to not only make the world a more equitable and just place for other women, but for ALL.
We wanted to highlight women who have been working to build a prosperous, safe and equitable society for all through various avenues—activism, research, organizational leadership and more. They are just some of the many women continuing the work of the women who came before them, so that they can better the future for those who will come next. See our blog post to view the list and learn more about these dynamic leaders.
Kimberle Crenshaw is a scholar, advocate and originator of the term of Intersectionality. Her work is VITAL to understanding that the intersections of gender, race, & other identities, greatly impact how people experience everything from poverty, the criminal justice system, social situations, discrimination and so much more.
She is currently a full-time professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, where she specializes in race and gender issues and continues to lead the way when it comes to conversations around race, gender, and civil rights. Her
Marielle Franco is a Queer, Black, Feminist, leader, organizer and elected
official from Brazil who was an outspoken critic of police brutality and extrajudicial killings. She was an avid social scientist and spent her life fighting for the rights of Brazilians. Her work spanned issue areas but she was focused on ending the violence, inequity, and systemic abuses facing poor black and brown people in communities across Brazil. She was assassinated in March 2018 and her murder is, to this day, unsolved.
Marielle’s legacy of fighting human rights, working to create a safe and equitable justice system and ending gender disparities lives on and her impact has helped shape a better future for women, LGBTQ individuals and so many more.
Angelique is the president of The Field Foundation, which seeks to support organizations working in the areas of Justice, Art, Media & Storytelling and Leadership investment. She is helping build a better future through intentional and meaningful investment which has changed the landscape for how foundations can support marginalized communities
In addition to her leadership in the foundation space, she co-founded Enrich Chicago, a nonprofit-led movement designed to correct inequity and structural racism in the arts and she has also worked in community engagement and communications at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and in community relations at Target.
At 17 years old, Destiny is already working to create a better city and world. Through her work as an organizer, she has led several large-scale youth “teach-ins” and is leading movements to garner more investment and opportunity in black and brown areas of Chicago. She has also played a key role in working to empower communities with information on understanding gentrification and how it affects their neighborhoods, and navigating encounters with ICE, CPD and the legal system.
Learn more about Destiny and her work.
Heather Krause is a data scientist and founder of Datassist. She is an advocate for using ethics and equity as the foundations for all data work and has focused on building step by step processes to avoid sexism, racism, homophobia and when using data. This feminist data analysis requires data analysts, scholars, scientist and academics, to examine the many assumptions embedded in our habitual data practices including where power dynamics are coming into play, what assumptions and values are being prioritized over others, and who is benefitting from all aspects of our choices around data and analysis.
Heather’s dedication to removing bias from data is a huge step towards building true and equitable examinations and collections of data. Data outcomes can drive investments that are made, the value we place on programs and so much more, and creating methods to eliminate bias help create equitable and accurate data.
Evelyn Diaz is President of Heartland Alliance, one of the largest global ant-poverty organizations working at the intersections of direct service, research and policy, to create systems changes that will end poverty, inequity and violence for all. Her leadership has helped to pave the way for women of color in non-profit leadership and she has helped to put violence, disinvestment and lack of opportunity in black and brown communities at the forefront of conversations in the city. This has resulted in new initiatives tackling violence, major investments in impacted communities and much more.
In addition to her leadership at Heartland Alliance, Evelyn has led initiatives related to poverty, jobs, and economic security for the City of Chicago and has served as counselor to domestic violence victims. Her dedicated to ending poverty through services AND systems change has changed the way organizations think about confronting issues facing so many communities.
Visit. www.heartlandalliance.org to learn more about Evelyn and the work she is leading at Heartland Alliance