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Because the

black woman

is the backbone of the

black family

Upcoming Events

  • Advocacy Action Committee Meeting - March 2023
    Mar 22, 4:00 PM EDT – Mar 23, 5:00 PM EDT
    Virtual Meeting
    Our collective voices and demand for change are critical for our communities. We are expecting a return on our investments in democracy by way of policy changes in concrete and significant ways.
  • March : Black Women Overcoming Grief
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Mar 22
    Virtual Event
    Mar 22, 6:30 PM – Mar 23, 8:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Theme: Planting Seeds
  • Black Women Supported 2nd Cohort
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Mar 30
    Black Women Supported Virtual Event
    Mar 30, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
    Black Women Supported Virtual Event
    Black Women Supported is a free six-session series designed to create a space for Black women (ages 18 and older) to process their life experiences with other Black women in a safe, supportive environment.
  • Amplify Your Voice Advocacy Training Virtual Bootcamp | 2023
    Apr 15, 11:00 AM EDT – May 20, 11:00 AM EDT
    Virtual Event
    Online Training Bootcamp is a 6-week course that will occur every Saturday from 11 am - 2pm starting April 15 - May 20
  • Black Birthing People Focus Group
    Apr 22, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    McKeesport, 1050 Lincoln Way, McKeesport, PA 15132, USA
    We want to hear from Black Birthing people who have given birth in the last 5 years. Join us for this focus group and receive $150, childcare, food & transportation assistance to attend! Limited slots available! Amplify your voice for Black Birthing Mothers!
  • Advocacy Action Day for Black Women 2023
    Wed, Apr 26
    PA State Capitol Building
    Apr 26, 6:30 AM
    PA State Capitol Building , State St, Harrisburg, PA, USA
    A day of action centering around Black women with remarks from policymakers, press conferences, and meetings with legislators.
  • BWPA/BWPC Advisory Council Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, May 17
    Emerald City
    May 17, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
    Emerald City, 213 Smithfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
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To improve the lives of Black women by providing a place of refuge and support through advocacy, navigating systems, accessing resources, training, education as well as policy development and change.


We Value black women

  • Breaking down the stigma, stereotypes, and systemic oppression of Black Women

  • Trusting Black Women As Experts

  • Empowerment of Black Women 

  • Centering Black Women 

  • Uplifting Black Women to be Whole and Complete

  • Being Relatable and Respectable To Black Women (for staff and followers) 

  • Acknowledging The Full Experience of Black Women 


What Black Women Really Need

in the 2nd most "Livable" city


The Black Women’s Policy Center will be the leading source in our region for Black women’s voices through shaping policy, shaping the narrative, and advocacy in the Greater Pittsburgh region and beyond.

The BWPA felt that it was important to not only author this survey but release the results of this data to the larger community because more often than not, Black women’s voices also are not amplified - even in research that is supposedly intended to reflect their experience. It was important for the BWPA to start the process of digging behind the numbers - hearing the fears, anxieties, and experiences of the women of color who live in the Greater Pittsburgh region. The theme of the work of the BWPA was

“Listen to Black Women.”

"listen to black women"  

check out our new report

Situating the Voice and Experiences of Black Women in Greater Pittsburgh


Meet Our founder

Rochelle Jackson

"My goal is to ensure black women don't just survive but THRIVE!"

Rochelle has served for many years as an advocate for equity, fighting for social and economic justice. Her passion for this work is inspired by her own personal journey as a single mom and through previously-held roles as the Femisphere Project Director at Women and Girls Foundation and as a Public Policy Advocate at Just Harvest. 

signature programs


Bootcamp training

Through our Black Women’s Policy Agenda we train Black women from the Greater Pittsburgh communities to be voices for change. The Amplify Your Voice is our annual advocacy training bootcamp.

Resource Navigation

Are you trying to navigate the complex system of programs and services in our community and tired of jumping through hoops with no results? Are you feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to turn? The Black Women’s Policy Center is here to help. We can provide you with advocacy support to connect you and your family to the programs and resources you need.

black women's

policy agenda

The problems Black women face in the Greater Pittsburgh region are complex. In order for this region to fix these problems we must start with listening to Black women. The Black Women's Policy Agenda is building collective power among Black women across all identities.

listen to

black women podcast

Listen to Black Women – Our Voices, Our Agenda will provide a platform that centers and amplifies the voices of Black women--all women across all identities. The podcast will serve as a bold voice for policy and practice changes that improve the lives of Black women in the Greater Pittsburgh region.




Life skills are not taught in school, but these skills are necessary. Life skills take time to cultivate but development and understanding that there is always room for improvement to be our best self.

Life Coaching/


The BWPC wants to see you be the best you can be and accomplish all that you were created for. Our group life coaching will help you maximize your full potential.

general support for black women  

The BWPC understands the unique challenges Black women face navigating grief and trauma. We want to create a community of support and build relationships with others who can empathize with what you are going through.

Emergency Crisis Fund

 We are creating an Emergency Crisis Fund to be able to provide financial support to Black women in need and we need your support to do it.


This is where it all began!


Initiatives that mobilize, enact, and promote public policy for black women is the focus of Black Women Policy Agenda. After several successful initiatives, we expanded to the Black Women's Policy Center. Learn more about the work we've done under the BWPA. 

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we have teamed up to
fight the fairness fight!

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