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Women Request Inclusion in “My Brother’s Keeper”

President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.
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When President Barack Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, he and his cabinet expressed the desire to support the lives of young men of color.

Now, women of color are asking to be supported as well.

Over 1,000 women, including author Alice Walker and activist Angela Davis, have signed a letter asking the president to include them in the initiative.

After recognizing the positives, the women said: “The crisis facing young boys of color should not come at the expense of girls who…endure the same struggles.”

The letter, titled “Why We Can’t Wait: Women of Color Urge Inclusion in ‘My Brother’s Keeper,’” was organized by critical race theorist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw.

“We cannot pass the burden of invisibility to yet another generation of our girls of color,” said Crenshaw. “Our girls need to know they are supported and loved, and that we are working to remove the obstacles that undermine their well-being as much as the boys.”

Among the issues that “can’t wait” are disproportionate risk of sexual assault or rape and disproportionate access to education, according to The Root.

“We all deserve better lives: men as well as women, girls as well as boys,” the letter concludes.