My two closest friends and soul sisters are Nigerian (Ndidi) and Puerto Rican (Leslie). I am American. We are of three separate ethnicities (i.e. cultures). Collectively, we are a beautiful exhibit of varying melanin. We are all brown girls; therefore, qualified to be a part of the Black race. It is a simple explanation of our identity...something that I never think about (because I just love my friends). Yet, in society, there's still a struggle to accept such simplicity when it comes to the topic of race vs. ethnicity....more
On July 4th of this year, the National Education Association (NEA), the largest U.S. labor organization, made history: its membership elected three women of color as its leaders, and its first female head in 25 years....more
Apparently, only white women get to argue about whether to stay home or seek employment out of the house. That’s the takeaway I got from the online vitriol sparked last week by Ann Romney and Hillary Rosen. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 2012, 1992, or 1972 — the Mommy Wars continue to pit white, privileged women against even more privileged white women. ...more
Wednesday marked the start of Black History Month. This is the one month that is set aside to uplift Americans who are part of the African Diaspora. Americans that disproportionately lack comprehensive health care and as a result are more likely to die from lack of screening for diseases. This is why I was more than shocked to find out that Susan G Komen Foundation picked yesterday to announce they they will cut funds to Planned Parenthood an organization that gave almost 170,000 free breast exams to women in lower income areas of the US, women who would otherwise have never been screened....more
For months working up to yesterday's Midterm election races, headline after headline sported some version of "year of the woman" or "year of the GOP woman" or "Dem women face losses due to year of the GOP woman" or "Mama Grizzlies growl through year of the woman" or...you get the idea.
So how did women do?
Quick hits (information based on data from the Center for American Women in Politics)
I want to find a network of like-minded women of color. I want to join a community of dynamic women who are career-minded, preferably entrepreneurial. I would love to be a part of a group of women whose background and history are similar to mine, whose challenges reflect a similar and shared experience. Like the majority of women in the U.S. who use the Internet to blog, Tweet and update our statuses, I am looking for connection and friendship and support.
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