She Will Rise began in January 2017, when a group of like-minded women gathered together to discuss concerns about female representation in government and the broader structural inequalities facing women, particularly for those of color and the LBGTQI community. Together, we are working to build a pipeline of female leadership and to inspire young women to engage with their local government and community.
Just 22% of City Council members in New York City are women.
And only 9 out of 51 council members identify as women of color.
New York trails behind other progressive cities such as Paris, Austin and Quebec in female representation at the local government level.