Dear Friend,

Happy Monday!  We're so glad you're here. 

BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Tiffany Dufufounder and CEO of The Cru, a peer coaching platform for women looking to accelerate their professional and personal growth.  Dufu is the author of Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less, a sought-after public speaker, and a businesswoman.  She was a launch team member for Lean In and was chief leadership officer at Levo. Prior to that, Dufu served as president of The White House Project. 

Check her out!

Speaking of Amazing Black Women Leaders...

This week, Dr. Patrice Harris became the first Black woman to serve as president of the American Medical Association (AMA). She is a psychiatrist.

In light of the growing disparities in physical and mental health care access and support for Black and Brown folks, we are excited to support her leadership and agree with her assertion that healthcare is a basic human right!

You can see her acceptance speech here.  You can also learn more about her recent commencement speech at Morehouse School of Medicine.

BlackHer Fact

A college degree has long been considered the ticket to the middle class.  But even as more Black women than ever are enrolling in college, we're graduating with a ridiculous amount of debt!

According to the American Association of University Women, the mean student loan debt for Black women with a bachelor's degree is $30,366! #Crazy

#BlackHer2020: Cancel Student Loan Debt

This week, Kelly takes a look at the damaging impact of student loan debt on Black women and explains why canceling our student loan debt must be a plank in any presidential hopefuls' policy agenda.

"The challenge of paying back student loans severely impedes the quality of life for Black women. Not only does it impact our wages, access to secure employment, housing and child care, but our debt is also more likely to grow over time compared to white men and women and Black men."

Learn more.

Is the Cost of College Worth It?

A college degree can be a ticket to prosperity but make no mistake about it, colleges and universities are NOT created equal when it comes to advancing intergenerational mobility

According to this new study from Opportunity Insights,

"Rates of upward mobility – the fraction of students who come from families in the bottom income quintile and reach the top quintile – differ substantially across colleges because low-income access varies significantly across colleges with similar earnings outcomes."

For example, the likelihood of a student at N.Y.U. (Jocelyn's alma mater) moving up two or more income quintiles is only 18%.

How does your favorite college rank?

Need Inspiration?

At BlackHer we are all about centering Black women's voices. That's why we pointed you to the Free Black Women's Library a few weeks back. 

The brainchild of OlaRonke Akinmowo, "the Library" exists to "celebrate hundreds of years of Black women's genius" and "uses books as a vehicle to build community." Yippee!

Summer is one of our favorite times to get our bookworm on. Below are just a few of our favorite books by Black women.

Let us know what is on your reading list.

In love and solidarity,

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