What message is your organization sending to Black women?

For the Olympics, that message is one of unnecessary penalties and banned swim caps for natural hair. Despite their successes and excellence, or because of it, Black women are unfairly scrutinized in sporting events.

American sportswriter Jemele Hill wants the world to know that policies banning Soul Cap for swim competitions as well those banning cannabis for Olympic athletes, are discriminatory.

"You wonder about these old school attitudes and how they have always, in many ways, disproportionately impacted athletes of color, but in particular Black women because that's who we're talking about here," said Hill.

Here's the message your company needs to be sending to Black women:
  • You belong in positions of leadership.
  • Your voice should be amplified. 
  • You deserve better. 
  • We have your back.
Create an environment that uplifts Black excellence and let her run! 
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The current state of diversity, equity & inclusion

“We have to stop being so judgmental,” said Kelly Buffaloe Taylor, a certified grief counselor. “People are looking at things at a surface level…they’re just ready to say, ‘Ah, I knew it.'” We are not taught how to deal with grief, both as those traversing it and as people watching others walk through it.

By Brooklyn White | Essence
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"For younger swimmers, feeling included and seeing yourself in a sport at a young age is crucial," Soul Cap co-founder Toks Ahmed wrote in an Instagram post. "FINA'S recent dismissal could discourage many younger athletes from pursuing the sport as they progress through competitive swimming."

By Sudiksha Koshi | USA Today
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Workers are "Epiphany-Quitting" their Jobs

The state of the pandemic job market deterred many people from quitting in case they couldn't find other work. But with hiring now on the upswing, emboldened workers are taking their chances in greater numbers. Four million Americans quit their jobs in April, a 20-year high.

By Sarah Jackson | Business Insider
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Why We're Entering a Significant Moment in the Fight for Equity in Tech

For Ken Chenault, the chairman and managing director of VC fund General Catalyst, a board member at Airbnb, and the cofounder of OneTen, a group of executives committed to upskilling, hiring, and advancing one million Black Americans in the corporate world, the amount of talk about DEI feels promising—but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

By Harry McCraken | Fast Company
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KPMG has a new boss in Australia with Andrew Yates starting as CEO. And he’s wasted no time in addressing the accounting firm’s paid parental leave scheme — extending it to 26 weeks, with no “primary” or “secondary” carer status and regardless of how long a staff member has been with the firm.

By Angela Priestley | Women's Agenda
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Disclosures of corporate political donations show the line between companies who profess to be LGBTQ-friendly and the politicians who seek to limit LGBTQ+ rights, between "Pride" and "Divide," often has an arrow and a dollar sign at both ends. Companies who seek influence on both sides of the socio-political pride divide will find themselves on the wrong side of history.

By Gillian Okenfull | Forbes
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Why Have 49 Agencies Dropped Their DEI Pledges? 

Advocacy group Three's A Crowd discusses challenges in fighting for racial equality. Three’s a Crowd sought to actionably reduce systemic racism and create equity in advertising with the “In for 13” initiative, a three-year promise to increase the percentage of Black leaders to 13%.

By The Black Enterprise

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Redesigning Space Travel for Women

“Remember when Nasa sent a woman to space for only six days and they gave her 100 tampons and asked will that be enough?” The satirical TikTok clips perhaps serve as a reminder that, 38 years on, oversights can still happen when women are underrepresented. After all, only 11% of the astronauts who have ever made it into space have been women.

By Kieran Yates | The Guardian

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Change makers who are shattering glass ceilings & defying odds

Annette Nance-Holt is making history as the first Black woman to lead the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) in its 160+ year history!

Those inspiring us, putting in the work & wasting no time doing it

The first transgender woman crowned as Miss Nevada USA called her victory “a win” for the LGBTQ community. In an Instagram post, Miss Nevada USA Kataluna Enriquez thanked everyone for their support, referring to her win as a victory for the members of her community. 

Jayla’s Heirlooms is more than dolls for children. Have Her Back Project Manager Nicole Hawthorne launched the heirloom doll business along with her four-year-old daughter Jayla to provide high-quality dolls of color. While Hawthorne was pregnant in 2016, she contemplated what she wanted Jayla to see and what she could add to her world.

HHB's POV on moments in culture 

In recent years, the business world has responded to issues of gender, race, and sexual harassment amid cultural movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter. But there's been no equivalent crusade against ageism. "It's still an issue that's hidden in plain sight," said Caroline Dettman, founder of female-focused consulting firm Have Her Back, which conducted studies on challenges for working parents in the ad industry.

Resources + Education = Intentional Actions
🎙 Listen (58 min): How Black Women Leaders Navigate Gender and Race

💻 Watch (1 min): Trailer for LFG: Equal Play. Equal Pay. 

📖 Read (5 min): 35 Women

And if you do one thing today... make it this:
Educate yourself on the experience of Black women at your company. 

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