Jennifer Blemur

WiLL Director

Committed to advancing the public welfare, Jennifer Blemur is the Director of the Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL), a program of Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND). WiLL is a national nonpartisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities.

 

When women flex their collective power, they can transform policy to improve the lives of their constituents and the nation. Jennifer's goal in working in state policy is to ensure that elected officials know what is happening in their communities, are equipped with sensible policy solutions, and are empowered to effectuate long-lasting positive change.  Working with elected officials to create transformative change is core to Jennifer's belief that government can effectively meet the needs of its electors.  

 

Jennifer previously served as a Legislative Counsel at the Council of the District of Columbia, where she was drafting legislation, meeting with stakeholders, and helping community members. Her work in state policy began with the National Black Caucus of State Legislators where she worked as Policy Associate and Legal Counsel writing policy articles and toolkits for legislators. She also organized policy symposia and worked with legislators on national policy priorities.  

 

A licensed attorney living in the District of Columbia, Jennifer is a graduate of the David A. Clarke School of Law, a native New Yorker, and a first-generation Haitian-American. 

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Expertise

Health disparities and equity

​State and local government policy

Political analysis 

Women's political leadership and involvement

Publications

In the News

WUSA 9: Larry Miller, noon show, February 2019

WUSA 9: Off Script with Bruce Johnson, November 2017

WUSA9: Off Script with Bruce Johnson, October 2017

August 26, 2019

W̶o̶m̶e̶n̶ Politicians. W̶o̶m̶e̶n̶ Voters. W̶o̶m̶e̶n̶’̶s̶ Issues.

It has been 100 years since women’s demand for political power was answered with the 19th amendment. That is simultaneously a long time and a very short amount of time.

January 21, 2019

Coretta Scott King was an Activist, Not Just the Woman Behind the Man

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is memorialized as one of the most prominent figures of the civil rights movement. Characterizing himself as “a drum major for justice,” King fought for African Americans living in the Jim Crow era who were hampered by the outright racism and discrimination of the time.

January 15, 2019

5 Ways the Shutdown is Impacting Women and Families

This past Friday was the first payday of the year, but for federal employees and contractors, it was not. There are approximately 800,000 federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown, with 420,000 working without pay and 380,000 furloughed. 

December 14, 2019

Women Lead and Know Things

Four out of ten businesses are owned by women, the number of female multi-millionaires increased to 31 percent in 2017, and in 2019 there will be 42 new women serving in Congress. Despite this progress, women are still characterized as knowing nothing or less than their male counterparts.

March 29, 2019

Three-Way in the Doctor’s Office: Listening to Your Gut and Speaking Your Mind

When’s the last time you went to the doctor? Did you tell them everything that was on your mind? Are you sure they heard everything you said?

October 03, 2018

The Future of DC Should Include Her Residents, Not Exclude Them

Washington DC is the place to live for millenials and the Gen Z demographic. So much so that rising rental rates can barely meet the demand for housing, especially in the past five years. The addition of more condominiums, green spaces, luxury apartments, mixed-use buildings, and commercial properties have changed the city’s demographic significantly. 

May 03, 2018

Maintaining Momentum after the Movement

People are mad. College students, women, dREAMers, everyone. It seems that a wave of outrage hits social media every other day and that some intersection of our identity is called to protest this or boycott that.

April 03, 2018

WAGE INEQUALITY: She Works Hard for the Money, SO PAY HER!

#TheFutureisFemale, #GirlsLikeUs, #BlackGirlMagic, #YesAllWomen, #WomensMarch, and other hashtags are the visible markers that cis and trans women are no longer taking the backseat - which is ironic for me since I can’t drive. 

March 19, 2018

Ain’t I A [Healthy] Woman?

“I’m convinced that we Black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and to get over.” These words spoken by Janet Damita Jo Jackson encapsulate the Black woman’s experience with a deft accuracy.

February 22, 2018

Op-Ed: Seen Her? Black and Brown Women and Girls are Missing.

Natalee Holloway. Madeleine McCann. Relisha Rudd. Asha Degree. These names are just a few of the wide range of women and girls that have gone missing nationwide. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, in 2016 676 missing child reports were made to law enforcement. 

February 13, 2018

Hip Hop and Politics : Is This Thing On?

New York is the birthplace of hip-hop, this is not even a debate. New York also has the best hip-hop, feel free to debate your mother about it, not this New Yorker here. Glad we were able to establish this understanding early.'

January 10, 2018

What is Homework Without a Home?

2,281. That is the number of children in families experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia. Homelessness is often characterized as a moral failing. However, homelessness is a much more complicated issue. Children living in homelessness are twice as likely to experience hunger, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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