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 women's rights activist and commmunications professional based in Baltimore, MD. Brittany received national recognition for challenging white feminism during the beginning stages of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington and a year later, she was invited to be a speaker at Lincoln Memorial, which drew a crowd of over 10,000 people. Named as “20 Black Women You Should Be Following Right Now” by Bitch Media, she is the former police accountability coordinator at the ACLU of Maryland and former co-director of Hollaback! Baltimore - A driving force behind the “gender-biased policing” aspect of the U.S. Department of Justice’s report on Baltimore Police 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 since then, she has become an advocate to promote civil, political and human rights through international policy. Soon after returning home from Palestine, Brittany tragically lost her uncle to gun violence in her hometown, which often reminds her of why she’s so committed to social justice.
This year, one of Brittany’s most memorable accomplishments was her fearless advocacy that spearheaded the passage of the Sexual Harassment Bill (HB 1342) during Maryland General Assembly Session - The biggest overhaul in the legislature in decades!
Brittany was named a "2017 Very Important Professional (VIP) Winner" by the Daily Record for her work and was recently elected to the Baltimore Commission For Women, a resource for women that provides counsel, conducts research and analyses policy for women’s issues.
Brittany holds a B.S. from Towson University and serves as a board member of Naral Pro-Choice Maryland and Hollaback! Baltimore. During the summer, she facilities nature workshops as a naturalist and mentors underserved Black girls and teens in West Baltimore. Follow her on IG and Twitter: @brittuniverse