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 and strategist from Baltimore, MD. Oliver is the founding director of Not Without Black Women and received national recognition for calling for intersectionality during the early planning stages of the 2016 Women’s March on Washington. A year later, she was invited to be a speaker at Lincoln Memorial for the 2017 march, which drew a crowd of over 10,000 people. Named as “20 Black Women You Should Be Following Right Now” by Bitch Media, she 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” aspect of the U.S. DOJ report on police bias released after the 2015 Baltimore uprising.
In July 2016, Brittany was 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 from Palestine, Oliver tragically lost her uncle to gun violence in her hometown, which often reminds her of why she’s so committed to social justice.
One of her 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, Oliver was named a "2017 Very Important Professional” by the Daily Record and in 2018, she received an honorable mention as one of the Baltimore Sun’s Top 25 Women to Watch.
Brittany holds a B.S. from Towson University and is pursing a dual JD/MPP at American University. She is a board member of Hollaback! Baltimore and a member of the Baltimore Commission for Women. During the summer, she mentors underserved Black girls and teens in West Baltimore at Crispus Attucks Recreation Center.