Are you well rested?
In many ways the age that we live in is an age of reaping the rewards of the work of those who came before us. Because of their sacrifices we are accessing opportunities that were never available for Black women before. We have witnessed unprecedented appointments and celebrations of Black women in positions of power.
It is easy to rest on our laurels and think that the work is done. That ours is to enjoy the benefits and raise Black girls who will benefit even more from these. This is a trap, we are sleeping on duty and history will judge us harshly.
Every generation has a challenge to overcome. The previous generations challenges were a clear enemy – explicit systems of oppression. An enemy that could be taken on head on.
Ours is an invisible enemy. Racism and sexism have taken on a different attire. One that says you may come in but you are not welcomed here. One that says be excellent but not too powerful. One that says your hard labour is welcome but your authenticity, your ‘uppity’ blackity blackness is not welcome in this place.
One that demonstrates to our girls, that when you are ‘too much’ for the establishment. You are going to be snuffed out and blamed for it. I hope you are well rested because there’s work to do. We have a responsibility to give the next generations a better world than we found.
Are you a Black Woman in the Workplace who feels called to the next level of leadership, income and impact?
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