So I think for democracy to work, all voices need to be heard around the table. And if some people aren’t at the table, we don’t get the fullness, the richness of their views, their opinions, and actually how politics and policies might harm them.
So my own research, for example, shows that when black women are left out, there are more very well-meaning politicians who see them as an afterthought. So an example, minority business ventures, which could consider women separately and minorities separately in order to contract with the state, and be a quota system for contracting with the state, well, where do minority women go?
Can they apply as a woman? Can they apply as a racialized minority? And so these were black women who came to the table and said, this policy doesn’t make sense to us, does it? So it’s a very simple, well-intentioned policy that I think white women and black men had thought, we’re doing something great here politically, but they were leaving out minority women.
And it was having these voices at the table saying, wait a minute, right? Like, there’s something wrong here. And so it’s not just black women I’m advocating for. That’s what my research says, but everyone needs a seat at the table because these kinds of issues are on the rise. And we don’t know they’re there, unless other people who are hurt and affected by them are there at the table talking about them.