The State of Black Women (“SOBW”) is an initiative of the Barbara Jordan Institute of Policy at Texas Southern University and the Defender Institute, a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote education and empowerment for people of color. Inspired by the initiative’s slogan, ‘The Power of US,’ the SOBW was established to give voice to the collective power of Black women.
Historically, Black women have been the most unprotected and disrespected people in America.Today, theBlack sisterhood has emerged stronger than ever before and has become an unrivaled political and economic force.
The vision of SOBW is to be a resource for personal and professional growth through development of the ‘Black Women’s Agenda,’ a roadmap to address the primary issues important to Black women such as health disparities, economic prosperity and political representation.
The SOBW is comprised of consciously aware Black women who are using their platforms, influence and stories to inspire others and to advance the agenda of Black women. Within the structure of the SOBW, Black women can organize and mobilize to attract resources and become fiscally successful while living emotionally healthy lives and leaving a sustainable legacy.
The State of Black Women Summit is the annual premier event of the SOBW where attendees can gain insight and the tools necessary to progress as workers, voters, entrepreneurs, community influencers and leaders in the United States.Periodic think tanks, networking events, young women’s initiatives, and online forums will also be held to facilitate and advance the Black Women’s Agenda.