PEARLPAC

About Us

What We Do

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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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PearlPAC needs your support to help diverse women run and win. Flyering, word-of-mouth, and contributing are all ways of helping us achieve our goals together.

Our Agenda

Healthcare

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Advocating for access to quality affordable healthcare 

Economic Equality

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Advocating for equal pay for equal work. 

Education

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Advocating for access to quality affordable education

Economic Empowerment

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Advocating for access to entrepreneurial resources & job training

Voting Rights

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Advocating for restoration of the Voting Rights Act

Justice

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Advocating for criminal justice reform

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DIVERSE WOMEN who have SERVED

BLACK SUFFRAGETTES

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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. 

Late Rep. Cardiss Collins (D-IL)

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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.

LATE REP. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM (D-NY)

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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! 

LATE HON. EDITH SAMPSON (IL)

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In 1962, Hon. Edith Sampson became the first black woman to be elected as a judge in the state of Illinois.   

LATE REP. LINDY BOGGS (D-LA)

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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.

Fmr. Rep. Yvonne B. Burke (D-CA)

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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 (D-TX)

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 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-IN)

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 Late Rep. Julia Carson (D) was the first African American and woman to represent the Indiana state capital. 

LATE ST. REP. GWENDOLYN CHERRY (FL)

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 In 1970, Late St. Rep. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Sawyer Cherry became the first African-American woman to serve as a state legislator in Florida. 

FMR. REP. EVA CLAYTON (D-NC)

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The first African–American woman to represent North Carolina in Congress, Fmr. Rep. Eva Clayton became the state’s first black Representative since 1901.

FMR. REP. CAROLYN KILPATRICK (D-MI)

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A 30–year veteran of Michigan politics, Fmr. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996.

FMR. REP. DONNA EDWARDS (D-MD)

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In 2008, Fmr. Rep. Donna F. Edwards won a special election to become the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Maryland.

REP. BARBARA LEE (CA-13)

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 Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D) held a recent press conference calling for Congress to repeal the 2001  Authorization for Use of Military Force 

REP. ALMA ADAMS (NC-12)

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 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

REP. VAL DEMINGS (FL-10)

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 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 (IL-14)

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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 (D)

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Fmr. Rep.  Barbara–Rose Collins was elected to Congress in 1990 from Michigan's 15th District.

SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA)

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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

Fmr Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL)

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The first African–American woman Senator, Carol Moseley–Braun was also only the second black Senator since the Reconstruction Era.

Fmr. Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA)

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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 (D-FL)

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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

LATE Rep Millender–McDonald(D-CA)

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In 2007, Juanita Millender–McDonald made history by becoming the first African–American woman to chair a standing congressional panel, the House Administration Committee.

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL)

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Congresswoman Robin Kelly was elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois in 2013 

More Diverse Women

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Learn more about diverse women who have served.

Founder

Ramona Prioleau

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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