Stand Against Racism: National Day of Action Policy Briefing

A Lead-in Event to The White House Summit on the United State of Women

Too often, girls of color are left out of conversations about racial justice and gender equity, despite overwhelming evidence that they encounter many of the same harsh realities of institutional and structural racism that boys of color face. When we pay closer attention, we discover that girls of color face stark inequities at the intersection of race and gender that are unique to them.

In this briefing, key thought leaders explore the ways in which systemic and structural inequities in the justice, education, and health spaces uniquely impact girls of color. Speakers examine the impact of trauma and violence in the lives of girls of color; the ways in which excessive school discipline and limited educational opportunity undermine their educational success and future economic opportunity; and the stark reality of the sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline. Most importantly, this event highlights policy solutions that can better support girls of color and dismantle the structural barriers that impede full racial and gender equality.

• Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
• Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Executive Director and Co-Founder, African American Policy Forum, and Professor of Law, Columbia Law School and UCLA Law School
• Rocío Inclán, Director, Human & Civil Rights Department, National Education Association
• Danielle Moss Lee, Ed.D., CEO of YWCA City of New York and NYC Commissioner for Gender Equity
• Sunil Mansukhani, Principal, Raben Group, on behalf of Futures Without Violence
• Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO, YWCA USA
• Lindsay Rosenthal, Senior Program Associate and Gender Justice Fellow, Vera Institute for Justice
• Moderated by: Malika Saada Saar, Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Counsel – Civil and Human Rights, Google
• Remarks by: Catherine V. Beane, Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy, YWCA USA

About Stand Against Racism
Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. For more information, visit