If 2017 was dubbed the “Year of The Black Woman Mayors,” 2018 is a manifestation of that bold statement.
That was never made more clear than on Jan. 26, 2018 when 19 Black woman mayors — some newly elected — gathered at a special reception in Washington D.C. co-hosted by Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office. Held at the historic Hay-Adams hotel, where they convened to take a photograph under a portrait of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, the mayors discussed their political journeys, shared stories, and passed on sage advice and lessons learned. Each mayor brought the unique challenges and rewards of leading their constituency to the room, but were all moved by one common idea.
Black women must lead.
While the current political climate might seem an obvious reason for many Black women to show interest in mayoral offices, a number of Black women mayors say they understand that this moment in history will pass, but the structural systems that affect marginalized communities and women will last for decades.