Black Women & Gender-Expansive Leadership Project

Explore our groundbreaking report that centers the experiences and challenges of Black women and gender-expansive leaders in the Washington metropolitan area. Their narratives and perspectives underscore harmful systemic inequities and illuminate the path to a more equitable future where they can thrive as they lead.


Black women and gender-expansive leaders continue to be at the forefront of innovation, movement-building, bold leadership, and strategy across the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and the county. Yet at the same time, Black women leaders are operating in unprecedented times with mounting barriers and challenges to their leadership – driven by systemic inequities deeply embedded in sectors and systems.

Prompted by the ongoing national dialogue around Black women’s leadership and the unsettling stories about the sector’s failure to adequately support Black women as they lead across the city and surrounding counties, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation stepped in to fill this gap and bolster the leadership of Black women and Black gender-expansive leaders in the region.


Key REPORT Themes

[Black women] are not doing well. Three years into COVID, the racial reckoning of our nation, and the overturning of rights that were seemingly settled is concerning. It feels like our country is moving backward. We’re just not doing well.
- Study Respondent​


We believe in the power of collaboration and knowledge-sharing. That’s why we’re committed to identifying and disseminating existing resources to uplift and support leaders like you!

Our curated database of resources covers a wide spectrum of categories tailored specifically to the needs of Black women and gender-expansive individuals. From spaces conducive to growth to enriching reads, from business tools to comprehensive training and development programs, we’ve got you covered. And because we understand the importance of holistic well-being, we’ve included wellness resources designed specifically for you.


Your support makes a difference!

We believe that creating a more equitable and inclusive future for Black women and gender-expansive leaders in our community is a collective effort. Join us by becoming an early investor in this initiative.
Your support will allow us to implement the solutions outlined in this report and contribute to building the infrastructure and support needed for their success.



To donate by check or money order, our mailing address is:
Washington Area Women’s Foundation
712 H Street NE, Suite 1099
Washington, DC 20002

Tax ID: 52-2028612

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Media inquiries

For all media inquiries, please contact:

Sarah Weatherby
Director of Communications