Bet on Black woman, Centre Black Women. Industry leaders do the right thing, be in the right side of history. Black women can self improve until they are blue in the face and not much will change until we Co-create the change we want to see.
Stop just promoting other less marginalised identities so you can avoid promoting Black Women.
Remove the glass ceiling at senior, middle and junior management. Give them those executive and board positions. Put them in those positions that drive strategy and not just in Marketing and HR. When you put them there support them, you do that all the time with the leaders you promote . Put them in environments that will allow them to succeed instead of adopting a ‘wait and see’ if they will succeed approach.
Black women are capable. We are descendants of women who kept this country together when the men were in the mines, in prisons and in exile. We are still holding this country, these communities together. Over 60% of households in SA are single parent households led by women, we all know who those women are.
Stop treating capable women like Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, Yolanda Cuba, Mmamokgethi Phakeng and the few Black Women that you keep recycling in your Boards as Unicorns, a special brand of capable accidents. Rather treat them as symbolic of what a Black Woman in a position of power can achieve.
Stop telling Black Women who have proven themselves in lower positions of leadership that they are not ready. Stop telling them they are not experienced enough when you have done nothing to give them those opportunities. Stop asking her to wait when she has proven herself over and over again. Must she only get to be a top leader when she is about to retire?
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