Spiritually, 40 represents transformation. In the Bible 40 comes up to note tests and trials of faith. In Hebrew Mem is the 40th alphabet representing water, Spirit. As such, I want a platform where the narratives of women of color in the nonprofit and social impact space flow to in the directions we need them to. We aren’t 40 under 40, we are above the snares that were intended to box us in.
Why The Social Impact Space?
My entire career has been in the nonprofit and social impact space. I’ve found myself either preaching to the choir or feeling like I was going crazy with the microaggressions that tend to cut more deeply in this space. Why? Because your identity, racial, faith-based, community, inner passions are more closely tied to the work.
There is no denying that our sisters in the corporate or tech sector face similar challenges yet I would like to think that being in a mission-based sector or launching a mission-based initiative is doubly taxing. It’s even in the data. Race to Lead was a report put out by the Building Movement Project. It was released at a point of a breakthrough in my career.
Additionally, I thought I was going crazy and found that I was not alone. Thank you Dr. Aisha Holder. Surprise surprise! A recent report (nothing short of timely) has been released on Women of Color in the Nonprofit Space.
I was also getting tired, sick and tired, of being in places under the diversity, equity and inclusion umbrella, where our unique voices were silenced. And listen, in the corporate sector, the man is a White male, in the nonprofit sector, the man is a White female. Talk about it now. There’s depth to be explored around the micro-aggressions that come up in a space predominantly occupied by women (says the woman with only women supervisors). Intersectionality on line 1.. please hold *call transferred*.
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