Alencia Johnson: Advancing Economic Mobility Through Reproductive Agency

About the #BEENBOSS Series:  In honor of Black History Month, Walker’s Legacy is proud to launch its #BEENBOSS video series designed to take a deeper look into the contributions that Black women have made and continue to make in fields of education, politics, health, and business. Each featured profile draws a connection to historical trailblazers such as Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner, and Madam C.J. Walker to discuss present-day strategies for success for aspiring and established women.

With increased access to birth control, we saw an increase of women going to college, and seeking a post-college degrees, and going into the workforce until they were ready to do so. 

Meet Alencia Johnson, ‎Director, Constituency Communications, ‎Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Alencia Johnson is a strategic communications and media professional with corporate, political and non-profit experience. As Director of Constituency Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Alencia is responsible for national communication campaigns engaging communities of color and new audiences. Alencia discusses the legacy of Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner. Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner was an African-American inventor most noted for her development of the sanitary belt. The sanitary napkin wasn’t patented until 1956, thirty years after she first invented it. The company that first showed interest in her invention rejected it after they discovered that she was an African American woman.


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Alencia Johnson ‎Director, Constituency Communications, ‎Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Named to EBONY Magazine’s “Power 100” list of influential African Americans and PRWeek’s “40 Under 40” list, Alencia Johnson is a strategic communications and media professional with corporate, political and non-profit experience. As Director of Constituency Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Alencia is responsible for national communication campaigns engaging communities of color and new audiences — focusing on African-American, Latino, youth, faith, and LGBTQ communities. She also coordinates communication strategies with campaigns for candidates endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and serves as a spokesperson for the organization having been seen on MSNBC, NewsOne, BET, Huffington Post Live, and featured in NPR, Washington Post, ESSENCE and more. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Alencia served on the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama at its Chicago headquarters in 2012. A native of Virginia, Alencia began her communications career at GEICO’s corporate headquarters after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Leadership Studies from Christopher Newport University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and currently resides in New York City. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @AlenciaJohnson.
Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner
Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner was an African-American inventor most noted for her development of the sanitary belt. She invented the sanitary belt and the sanitary belt with moisture-proof napkin pocket. The sanitary napkin wasn’t patented until 1956, thirty years after she first invented it. The company that first showed interest in her invention rejected it after they discovered that she was an African American woman. Between 1956 and 1987 she received five patents for her household and personal item creations. She invented a bathroom tissue holder which she patented on October 19, 1982 and a back washer mounted on the shower or bathtub wall, which she patented in 1987. She also patented the carrier attachment for an invalid walker in 1959.

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