WASHINGTON, D.C.–More than 300 Black women from 10 states convened at the U.S. Capitol recently to urge representatives to pass policies and programs that empower Black and underserved families, especially single mothers and the working poor. Issues the women addressed as they visited the offices of their congressional leaders included: public education, gun violence and the creation of jobs with livable wages.

The women met with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), and others as part of the second annual Black Women’s Roundtable Women of Power Summit. The meetings with leaders were followed by a congressional briefing featuring Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, and others.

“It’s good to see a filled room,” Rep. Clarke said. “We must make sure that our faces are a part of the debate and dialogue. We are known for doing what we have to do to keep it moving. Women-owned businesses are creating jobs. They train and employ those who have been shunned by society.”