Tamika Mallory

Born:September 4, 1980 (age 38)

Tamika Mallory is an activist and national co-chair of the Women's March on Washington. She is an advocate of gun control, feminism and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Mallory was born on September 4, 1980, in The Bronx, New York. Her parents, Stanley and Voncile Mallory, were founding members of Al Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN), a leading U.S. civil rights organization.

Mallory joined NAN at age 11 and was a staff member by age 15. She became the youngest executive director at NAN, stepping down in 2013 to work on behalf of her own activist goals. Following the murder of her son's father, she worked closely with the Obama administration on gun control legislation. In 2014, she was selected to serve on the transition committee of the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, helping to create the NYC Crisis Management System. She also served as co-chair for Gun Violence Awareness Month, an initiative through the Crisis Management System.

After the November 2016 presidential election, Mallory and three others organized the Women's March held on January 21, 2017, as a protest against the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. The march also advocated for women's rights, immigration reform, LGBTQIA rights, healthcare reform, environmental reform, racial justice and racial equality. An estimated 500,000 people attended the Washington D.C. march and millions more participated in sister marches across the country, making it possibly the largest single-day protest in U.S. history.