When Sojourner Truth asked the rhetorical question, "Ain't I a Woman?" people were moved to action. When Harriet Tubman declared, "I can't die but once" you knew to take her serious. Likewise, when you hear Brittany Oliver state "Not Without Black Women", you know you should check your agenda. Throughout history black women have created and turned the pages of social norms when it seemed like the story had been written. A page is turning in the 21st century and Brittany is at the helm.
Brittany T. Oliver is civil and women's rights advocate, strategist and communications professional based in Baltimore, MD. Named as “20 Black Women You Should Be Following Right Now” by Bitch Media, she has worked in social justice for several years focusing in policy, communications and advocacy. Brittany previously worked at the ACLU of Maryland and co-directed Hollaback! Baltimore - an anti-street harassment organization that was the driving force behind the gender-biased policing data included in the U.S. DOJ report on Baltimore police released after the 2015 Baltimore uprising.
In 2016, Brittany became a member of a historic delegation of activists in Palestine aimed to build global solidarity between liberation movements and has become an advocate of human rights and international policy. After returning home, Oliver tragically lost her uncle to gun violence in her hometown, which often reminds her of why she’s so committed to social justice.
In 2017, Brittany received national recognition for demanding that Black women and the Black LGBTQIA+ community be included in the organizing stages of the Women’s March on Washington. Soon after, Brittany founded Not Without Black Women, a radical political advocacy organization that focuses specifically on black women’s issues through policy and political advocacy and a year later, she was invited to be one of many guest speakers at 2018 Women’s March on Washington organized on Lincoln Memorial, which drew a crowd of over 10,000 people.
One of Brittany’s most memorable accomplishments was her fearless advocacy that helped to spearhead the passage of the Anti-Sexual Harassment bill (HB 1342) during 2018 Maryland General Assembly - The biggest overhaul in the legislature in decades!
In 2017, Brittany was named a "Very Important Professional” by the Daily Record and a Baltimore Sun “Top 25 Women to Watch” in 2018.
Brittany holds a B.S. from Towson University and is pursing an MPP at American University. She is a board member of Hollaback! Baltimore and mentors Black girls and teens in West Baltimore.