For the fourth year in a row HelloBeautiful presents our “25 Women To Know” list, and this time we’ve rounded up a group of dynamic women who are working to improve the lives of marginalized people in society, and helping to make all of our lives better. They are powerful women with major causes from healthcare, to immigration, to curbing gun violence and more.
Read on to learn more about their work, and if you’ve ever asked yourself “what can I do to make a difference?” consider standing with these powerful women and supporting the causes they’re passionate about.
ARISHA MICHELLE HATCH
In 2008, Arisha Michelle Hatch left her job at a law firm to organize for the Obama campaign, thus awakening her passion for organizing and activism. She later became the national organizing director at the Courage Campaign, where she mobilized the LGBT community.
Hatch’s previous work has led to her current gig as campaign director of ColorofChange.org. Her responsibility is to lead the organization’s civic engagement, voting rights and corporate accountability initiatives.
She takes a creative approach to her job that blends pop culture with politics, having led unique media campaigns like “Tax Kim Kardashian” in support of the California Millionaire’s Tax (the precursor to Proposition 30), and other efforts in support of the LGBT community during the aftermath of Prop 8.
GET INVOLVED: Color of Change is working on a few campaigns like, freeing Marissa Alexander, divesting from privatized prisons, repealing stand your ground laws and more. Donations are also accepted. Visit ColorofChange.org for more information.
GLYNDA C. CARR
Glynda C. Carr is a Principal at Liberty Street Capital, Inc., a New York City-based public affairs, community relations and political strategy consulting firm that provides services to corporations, non-profits and candidates running for public office.
Carr has a background in fundraising, public relations, campaign development and leadership development, and has worked with elected officials on the city, state and federal level. When she’s not strategizing with the who’s who in government, she’s busy with Higher Heights for America, an organization she co-founded that focuses on inspiring Black women in the United States to eliminate inequities in public education, health and economics.
GET INVOLVED: Visit higherheightsforamerica.org to join the community where you can receive updates,and/or to donate.
FOLLOW CARR ON TWITTER: @GlyndaCarr
HEATHER C. MCGHEE
Heather C. McGhee makes moves as the president of Demos, a public policy organization striving toward an America were everyone has an equal say in democracy and an equal chance in our economy. According to its website, Demos, which means “the people,” is guided by three commitments:
1. Achieving true democracy by reducing the role of money in politics and guaranteeing the freedom to vote.
2. Creating pathways to ensure a diverse, expanded middle class in a new, sustainable economy.
3. Transforming the public narrative to elevate the values of community and racial equity.
McGhee is also a major authority in the media whose writing and opinions have been featured in several outlets, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, MSNBC, NPR and New York Times. She is also the co-author of a chapter on retirement insecurity in the book, Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and its Poisonous Consequences.
GET INVOLVED: Demos takes donations. Visit www.demos.org to add yours to the mix and get more information.
FOLLOW MCGHEE ON TWITTER: @HMcGhee
Rinku Sen has been a leading figure in racial justice for the past 20 years. She is the President and Executive Director of the Racial Justice Center (formerly Applied Research Center) and publisher of Colorlines.com. Over the course of her career, Sen has combined journalism with organizing in the pursuit of pushing issues like race, feminism, immigration, economic justice, philanthropy, and community activism to the forefront.
Sen is an in demand speaker and pundit on a broad range of racial justice topics. She is the author of The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization and Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing, and has regular columns at Colorlines, the Huffington Post, and Jack and Jill Politics. Other affiliation includes the Schott Foundation of Public Education, where she is vice chair, and the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, as a board member. Additionally, Sen sits on the boards for Restaurant Opportunities Center-United and Working America.
GET INVOLVED: Race Forward accepts donations. Visit www.raceforward.org for more information.
Colorlines hosts rallies and live chats that interested parties are encouraged to get involved in. Visit colorlines.com/action/ for more information. Those who are interested in writing for Colorlines should pitch Jamilah King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOLLOW RINKU SEN ON TWITTER: @RinkuWrites
MELANIE L. CAMPBELL
Melanie L. Campbell is passionate about issues that impact women, immigrants, youth and the African-American community. She has worked for several years in various leadership roles integral to her mission to improve the quality of life for the aforementioned groups, and for all Americans in general.
Campbell, who is currently the President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, has a reputation for being able to bring people from diverse backgrounds together for the advancement of all people. She is a former Director of the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Youth Services, has consulted independent businesses like, the Atlanta Business League, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Atlanta University Center and more.
Campbell has extensive knowledge of civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, election reform, Census Count, youth leadership development, non-profit management and cross-cultural coalition building. Much of her expertise was honed under the mentorship of icons like Rev. Jesse Jackson and Dr. Dorothy Height.
GET INVOLVED: Melanie L. Campbell is involved with a lot of causes through the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation. Interested parties can donate, volunteer or attend events to get a better idea of what area of interest speaks to their passion. Visit Ncbcp.org for details.
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