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Giving Compass' Take:
• Writing for Stanford Social Innovation Review, consultant Makiyah Moody discusses a series of essays called "Black & Bold: Perspectives on Leadership" that pushes back against stereotypes of black women, especially those that hinder advancement in the corporate world.
• How can we make sure that we are prioritizing diversity, and not just giving it lip service? That's one major step to bringing more racial and gender equity to work environments.
• On that note, here are some Black women-led organizations you should know.
"I have had to deal with harassment in the forms of ageism, sexism, and racism. I have had mainly white male colleagues actively seek to discredit me, get me fired, and lecture me on how my style and personality make them uncomfortable,” says Sherece West-Scantlebury, president and CEO of The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, when asked about being a professional black woman in the workplace. “The outcome of the attempts to sabotage me is that I have learned to focus on my mission and goals and those of the organization.”
Further reflecting upon the various biases that she has faced throughout her career, West-Scantlebury continues: “I do not focus on my ego. They pushed me to up my game, up my excellence, and up my leadership skills. I work the proverbial ‘twice as hard’ and try to lead with grace.”
The social sector, like society at large, is fertile ground for the systemic barriers and biases that negatively affect black women. The unique set of social conditions that specifically hinder black women — who simultaneously experience racism and sexism — was coined “double jeopardy” by black feminist activist Frances M. Beal in 1969. Research confirms the very real consequences of double jeopardy that are detrimental to black women’s professional success.
Even though they live at the intersection of this double jeopardy, some black women have been able to turn trials into triumphs.
Read the full article about Black women in the workplace by Makiyah Moody at Stanford Social Innovation Review.