Friend of TAPDayo Olopade has a fantastic series (Read part one, two, and three) over at The Root on black women and political power in the United States.
Olopade writes, "The real obstacles to elective office may be about less rights and more about belonging to the right club." Well, part of that is on us to install the standard bearers of black female political power into our cannon. Here are three women whose voices you should know:
Courtney Martin writes that this International Women's Day, we should look at gender inequality in our own communities. Each day this week on TAPPED we will run a profile of an organization doing exactly that.
It seems that everywhere you look these days someone is speaking publicly about the urgent, international issue of sexual trafficking. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof goes undercover in foreign brothels. HBO creates whole miniseries out of the devastation and drama, replete with Eastern European thugs. Heck, even Ashton Kutcher twitters against it.
But how often do you hear about domestic sex trafficking? Rarely, if ever.
Nah, just kidding. We haven't become Lapham's Quarterly just yet. But given the slow news cycle brought about by the whiteout of D.C., we thought we'd offer up some gems from the Prospect archives for your snow-day reading enjoyment:
Today in 1867, Congress overrode President Andrew Johnson's veto of a bill granting voting rights to male citizens of the nation's capital. It marked the first time African American men were granted the right to vote. However, to this day, D.C. still lacks voting representation in Congress.