Black Women deserve workplaces they do not have to heal from. Where they do not have to be ‘Imbokodos’ aka Strong Black Women. Black Women Leaders are not victims they are just as capable and emotionally resilient, they are not asking for a bed of roses.
However, Companies who seek to attract and retain Black Woman Leaders have a responsibility to do all they can to create psychologically safe spaces for Black Women Leaders. Black Women Leaders are doing their work in sustaining their emotional resilience, the time has come for organisation to do their share of the work by confronting their oppressive cultures.
At Black Women in the Workplace we centre Black Women Leaders for the reasons explained in this article. That Black Women do not only have to navigate racism from both White men AND women. They also face sexism from Black men and in certain instances anti-blackness from Women of Colour. We have to name these issues at the expense of pushing away allies who are not are fair weather allies. If you are truly for diversity, equity and inclusion, then go all the way
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