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News from EPI Media Advisory: Panel discussion on black women and the economy

In honor of Black History Month, join the Economic Policy Institute and honorary co-hosts, Rep. Keith Ellison, the Congressional Progressive CaucusRep. Barbara Lee, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls), for a conversation about the state of black women in the U.S. economy.

The panel will:

  • Discuss unique obstacles to black women’s economic prosperity, systemic and otherwise; and
  • Discuss the varied roles that black women play in the U.S. economy and their lived experiences participating in the labor market;
  • Share solutions on how the economic landscape for black women can be affected through collective action and advocacy, community-based solutions, and, of course, federal policy.

Speakers include:

  • Nina Banks, Associate Professor of Economics, Bucknell University
  • Shiranthi Goonathilaka, Membership and Communications Manager, Association for Black Economic Power
  • Connie Razza, Director of Policy & Research, Demos
  • Valerie Wilson, Director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy, Economic Policy Institute
  • Reps. Keith Ellison, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Mark Pocan will deliver additional remarks.

What: A conversation about the state of black women in the U.S. economy.

When: Thursday, February 15, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM Eastern

Where: 2456 Rayburn House Office Building

To RSVP please email

This event will be livestreamed at