Dear friend,

My husband says that connecting is my superpower.  

He's right.

I enjoy putting ideas and people together. I love to brainstorm.  When I'm in a conversation, I try to listen intently and ask probing questions to clarify the issues/ideas at hand. Then I try to share my best thinking.  During any brainstorming process, other organizations and people who can help always come to mind. I try to share these resources as well, even if their immediate connection, is not clear.  

This is a skill that I've developed over the years as I've learned to trust my competence and gut.  I'm also able to share my best thinking with others because I have resources to fall back on.

I've met a lot of Black women who have unique problem-solving skills too. Their brilliance is innate and they are able to make connections that others can't. 

In Georgia Was a Big Win for Democrats. Black Women Did the Groundwork, I was struck by the clarity of one of the advocates, who said,

“We weren’t surprised that Georgia turned blue, because we’ve been working on it for over 15 years,” said Deborah Scott, the founder of Georgia Stand Up...[And] It’s been an uphill battle...Because here, we’re not just women, we’re Southern women. And we’re not just Southern women, we’re Southern Black women.”

There you have it.

Many Black women know exactly what to do to change the world and even have a playbook to make it happen. Unfortunately, our vision, creativity, strategies, and perseverance are not enough. We still have to contend with cultural, financial, and other gatekeepers who can impede, invalidate, or ignore our ideas.

It's maddening. Worse, it can cause us to distrust our own thinking.

I wish I could tell you that we can change systems, minds, and hearts overnight so that we have the power and resources we need to pursue our own dreams.  But I can't.  Still, I urge you to continue to "lean in" to the fact that you do know what is best for yourself, your family, and your community, regardless of what any system or person says.

In love and solidarity,

Jocelyn

BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, researcher, speaker, and writer and co-founder of The Sadie Collective, an organization dedicated to addressing the pipeline and pathway problem for Black women in economics and related fields.

Kelly caught up with her to learn more about why we need more Black women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and data sciences in order for us to access power and ensure the well-being of Black women, families, and communities for generations to come.

Check her out! 

BlackHer Fact

In 2018, 5 out of 1,197 doctoral degrees in Economics, were awarded to Black women. In other words, less than 0.5 percent.

With so much at stake, we simply have to increase our ranks in this powerful profession.

Check out The Sadie Collective to learn more about what they are doing to build a pipeline of Black women in economics.

Interested in studying STEM? Learn more and register today for their third annual conference on February 19 - 20, 2021 

Racism and Economics

Speaking of why we need Black women economists...BlackHer Shero Valerie Wilson recently gave the keynote presentation at the Federal Reserve Symposium on Racism and the Economy

Her central point.  We have DECADES of statistical data to show that racial identity is STILL a significant predictor of labor market outcomes.  

Watch her keynote (start at 14:00) or read her powerful remarks.

My question. When is OUR government going to do more to finally address these egregious disparities?

All I Want for Christmas is a Democratic Majority in the Senate.

I know I'm a broken record but we are SO close to turning Georgia blue and controlling the U.S. Senate.  And that means we'll be able to pass legislation to advance political, economic, and social justice for US!

Volunteer for and donate to Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock if you can!

Because Dreams Should Never Be Deferred

In great news last week, a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to restore DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) as it existed under President Obama!

That means that thousands of undocumented young immigrants can apply to and be protected by the program.

Learn more!

Need More Inspiration?

Because sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.  #Stacey

In love and solidarity,

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