In support of #BlackHERstory Month, we’ll be posting about one current black feminist leader or organization each weekday in February. Tune in daily to learn more about black women’s history, feminism, and the reproductive justice movement!
Reverend Shanea Leonard is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and a minister of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. Rev. Leonard believes that God has given her a responsibility for people who have been oppressed and forgotten. She is the chair of New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice (NVP).
New Voices was founded in 2004 first to organize women of color to attend March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC. Since then, the organization has grown to serve over 10,000 women of color through leadership development, Human Rights, and Reproductive Justice education and empowerment. New Voices promotes the well being of women and girls of color in the eight dimensions of health: physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural, political, economic/financial, environmental, and social.