Wed, October 21, 2009 • TBA
Latifa Lyles is an inspiring feminist activist who has accomplished a great deal in the realm of women¹s rights and social justice at a young age.
Lyles was raised in New York City and came to feminism early, attending the 1992 March for Women¹s lives in Washington DC at 16. Since then she has worked tirelessly for women¹s rights and economic justice as a social and political organizer. Lyle began her career in public relations working for a women-owned PR firm in Washington DC. She then entered the public interest arena as a public policy analyst for OWL (The Older Women¹s League) where she researched social security privatization and pension policy reform.
After leaving OWL, Lyles joined the National Organization for Women¹s National Action Center where she worked as an analyst and development planner on the fundraising team. Additionally, she was involved with organizing local and national events as well as political campaigns, working for the NOW/PAC on the 2000 Hillary for Senate campaign in New York. In 2005, at the age of 29, she was elected vice president of membership for NOW making her the youngest ever national officer. Last year, Lyles ran for President of NOW in a very close and hotly contested race. She lost by a small margin but her campaign was invigorating and inspiring to many of the nation¹s feminists, particularly young women and women of color.