Women’s March Announces Appointment of 17 Prominent, Diverse Movement Leaders to National Board

Powerhouse group of social justice trailblazers prepared to take Women’s March to the next phase of impact 

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2019 Women’s March, a women-led movement founded to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities, announced today the appointment of 17 movement leaders from all walks of life and experiences to its national Women’s March Board. The goal of the new board is to continue to ignite civic imagination and action in communities all across the country. 

Founding Women’s March Board Members Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, and Linda Sarsour will transition off of the Women’s March Board and onto other projects focused on advocacy within their respective organizations. 

Founding Board Member Carmen Perez-Jordan will continue to lend her expertise to the new board of the Women’s March. Perez-Jordan aims to use her position on the new board to build bridges between communities and mentor a new generation of feminist leaders.

In the first three years, Women’s March organized three of the four largest mobilizations in the nation's history, the largest women-led civil disobedience in protest of unjust immigration policies, and the month-long action that nearly prevented Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed to the Supreme Court. 

The Women’s March Board will enter into this next phase focusing on leadership development, rapid response, and building political power in partnership with the hard-working Women’s March staff and chapter leaders around the country, allied organizations and partners, and alongside the efforts of millions of volunteers and marchers around the world. The first major action under the leadership of the new board will be a rally to #ReclaimtheCourt in Washington, DC on Oct. 6 to protest Brett Kavanaugh and his work to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

The new board consists of leaders from a wide variety of communities, disciplines, ethnicities, religious beliefs, gender identities, and experiences. New board members are Samia Assed, Zahra Billoo, Charlene Carruthers, Mrinalini Chakraborty, Rabbi Tamara Cohen, Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, Sarah Eagle Heart, Lucy Flores, Ginny Goldman, Ginna Green, Shawna Knipper, Isa Noyola, Carmen Perez-Jordan, Kelley Robinson, Rinku Sen, Leslie Templeton and Lu-Shawn Thompson. 

An open-call solicitation and board nomination committee resulted in the selection of these 17 Women’s March board members who transitioned into leadership of the Women’s March as of July 2019. 

For more information on the Women’s March, visit www.womensmarch.com.  

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About Women’s March  

The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.

2019-2021 Women’s March Board Quotes 

“We are deeply proud of the work of the Women’s March. Our mission was to build a powerful institution that defied the status quo, centered the leadership of women of color and united diverse women around a set of principles that are intersectional, visionary and bold and we feel accomplished. Grateful for the brilliant movement leaders who have stepped up to continue to shepherd this organization and water the seeds that we planted. We look forward to spending the next 14 months building power and engaging voters nationwide to win this critical election.” - Linda Sasour, Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland 

“I have always been deeply committed to the original mission and vision of the 2017 March, which ushered in a new generation of feminism, based on the principle of convening a movement that centers the most marginalized women's voices. I am thrilled to serve on the incoming board alongside 16 other women who continue that spirit of intersectionality. Our new board brings together talented women from across the spectrum of the intersectional movement for women's empowerment. 2020 will be a banner year for our organization.” - Carmen Perez-Jordan 

“It’s an honor to serve women and girls by helping the Women’s March grow into all of its potential. History has shown us the enormous changes that become possible when we exercise our collective power – power built through solid relationships, smart strategy and a good dose of courage. I can’t wait to make some more of that history with the millions of people who fuel the Women’s March network.” - Rinku Sen

“As an Oglala Lakota womxn, it is an honor to bring my experience to The Women’s March board of directors to elevate the conversation on missing murdered indigenous womxn, protection of Mother Earth, and violence against womxn. No one person can represent all of our communities or issues, but I hope my presence will provide a pathway for more voices to join this very critical platform. Now is the time for truth, healing, and unity.” - Sarah Eagle Heart 

“As a translatina, I know all too well that representation is just not enough. I did not join the board to fulfill a quota, but to really make a difference and impact for our communities. Right now more than ever our communities deeply want to advance an agenda against Trump now. I’m excited to start working with the vision that has already been laid out and to actually grow it intentionally so that it truly represents us all.” -  Isa Noyola

“As a Palestinian-American Muslim woman, and as a New Mexico State Chapter lead, I very much recognize how blessed I am to serve our magnificent movement and 2019 Women’s March board. The Women’s March has uplifted many voices by making space for my Palestinian and Muslim communities. I will make sure to continue to uplift those voices and more by ensuring the urgent need to address racism, islamophobia, anti-semitism, xenophobia, climate justice, reproductive justice, and immigrant rights.“ - Samia Assed

“At a moment when our lives and communities are under the existential threat of white nationalism—and the antisemitism it rests on—Women’s March leadership will reflect the inclusive, diverse democracy that is not only our strongest antidote to white nationalism, but the only true alternative too. I am ready to play a key role in bringing a Jewish voice and Jewish values to the next phase of Women’s March, and look forward to building the organization we need to make the change the moment demands." - Ginna Green 

Intentionally inclusionary, radical advocate, unapologetically intersectional, proudly black and queer/pansexual clergy genderqueer activist, is how I identify and live out loud in this realm. I am humbled and excited to serve in the commission of amplifying and uplifting the voices and efforts of womyn in my communities, as well as all marginalized, disenfranchised and underrepresented communities as a State Chapter lead of WM OKLAHOMA and a new member of Women's March National board.” - Rev. T. Sheri Amore Dickerson

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Kim Russell