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Higher Heights for America PAC

The leading national organization exclusively dedicated to advancing Black women’s political power, announces the endorsement of 10 Black women candidates in states such as Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, & more. 

BROOKLYN, NY (March 8, 2022) – Higher Heights for America, the only political action committee exclusively dedicated to electing more Black women to public office, is celebrating International Women’s Day by announcing a historic endorsement of 10 Black women running for Congress in key battleground states.

Over the last four years, we have seen a significant shift in representation in the United States Congress, with more women serving than ever before. Despite these gains, Black women only hold 26 of the 435 voting members of the House of Representatives, and zero Senate seats. 

Higher Heights for America PAC is proud to endorse the following candidates for Congress:

  • Emilia Sykes (OH-13)
  • Alisha Shelton (NE-02)
  • Loretta Smith (OR-06)
  • Valerie Foushee (NC-04)
  • Michele Rayner-Goolsby (FL-13)
  • Summer Lee (PA-18)
  • Brittany Ramos-DeBarros (NY-11)
  • Odessa Kelly (TN-07) 
  • Sydney Kamlager (CA-37)  
  • Erica Smith (NC-01)

These candidates bring with them a depth of experience that reflects the diversity of our country, including backgrounds in activism and advocacy, military service, local and state elected office, and unions. If elected, they will be able to provide valuable first-person perspectives on the wide array of issues facing our communities. 

“The voices of Black women must be included in all places where decisions are being made, most especially when it comes to federal legislation,” said Glynda Carr, President and CEO of Higher Heights. “We are at a critical turning point with regard to voting rights, climate change, police brutality, reproductive rights and more. International Women’s Day is a reminder of the work we have accomplished and the work that lies ahead for us to achieve true progress for our communities. That work begins at the ballot box. Higher Heights is proud to endorse these highly qualified women and we are confident that their election will make a significant difference in the advancement of legislation that protects the rights of all Americans.” 

International Women’s Day, which has been celebrated for over a century, exists to uplift the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. This year’s theme, #BreakTheBias, focuses on the need for a gender equality, and a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.