PearlPAC is an independent, Black Female-led organization. PearlPAC is harnessing the political power of people across America to help elect more diverse women to public office at all levels.
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Advocating for access to quality affordable healthcare
Advocating for equal pay for equal work.
Advocating for access to quality affordable education
Advocating for access to entrepreneurial resources & job training
Advocating for restoration of the Voting Rights Act
Advocating for criminal justice reform
In 2020 as we mark the 100th year that women have been allowed to vote in the USA, remember the Black women were on the front-lines of the suffrage movement.
Elected to 12 consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Late Rep. Cardiss Collins ranks as one of the longest–serving minority women in the history of Congress.
In 1972, Shirley Chisholm became the first of a handful of black women to run for a major political party's presidential ticket. She later said, “…our society is not yet either just or free,” a true statement to this day. Be the change, vote in local, state & federal elections!
In 1962, Hon. Edith Sampson became the first black woman to be elected as a judge in the state of Illinois.
Congresswoman Corinne “Lindy” Boggs served 18 years in the House, becoming an advocate for women’s equality, economic opportunity for minorities, and the preservation of House heritage.
In 1973, when Yvonne Brathwaite Burke became the first Congresswoman to give birth and be granted maternity leave while serving in Congress
Late Rep. Barbara Jordan was one of the first African Americans elected from the Deep South since 1898 and the first black Congresswoman ever from that region.
Late Rep. Julia Carson (D) was the first African American and woman to represent the Indiana state capital.
In 1970, Late St. Rep. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Sawyer Cherry became the first African-American woman to serve as a state legislator in Florida.
The first African–American woman to represent North Carolina in Congress, Fmr. Rep. Eva Clayton became the state’s first black Representative since 1901.
A 30–year veteran of Michigan politics, Fmr. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996.
In 2008, Fmr. Rep. Donna F. Edwards won a special election to become the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Maryland.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D) held a recent press conference calling for Congress to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force
Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), founders and co-chairs of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, introduced the Community Access to Resources and Education (CARE) for Families Act
June is #Alzheimers Brain Awareness Month and in 2018, Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) co-sponsored BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act, legislation to create national public health infrastructure to promote early detection, increase intervention, and prevent avoidable hospitalizations
Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) illuminated how Trump's inhumane immigration policies have led to "separation of families and deaths".
Fmr. Rep. Barbara–Rose Collins was elected to Congress in 1990 from Michigan's 15th District.
In announcing her run for President of the United States in January, 2019, Sen. Kamala Harris became the first woman of Caribbean and South Asian descent to run for #POTUS
The first African–American woman Senator, Carol Moseley–Braun was also only the second black Senator since the Reconstruction Era.
When Fmr. Rep. Diane Watson entered the U.S. House of Representatives she was a former educator, state legislator, and U.S ambassador.
Fmr. Rep. Carrie P. Meek won election to the House in 1992 as one of the first African–American lawmakers to represent Florida in Congress since Reconstruction
In 2007, Juanita Millender–McDonald made history by becoming the first African–American woman to chair a standing congressional panel, the House Administration Committee.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly was elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois in 2013
Learn more about diverse women who have served.
Ramona Prioleau founded PearlPAC to help diverse women run for and win elected office.
Ramona Prioleau spent many years as a corporate attorney, representing boards of directors, investment banks, investment funds and activist investors. A former commercial banker, Ramona has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years.
Ramona’s education includes a JD from the University of Virginia Law School as well as an AB and MBA from Columbia University.
A life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Ramona has mentored students and professionals for over 25 years.
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