Women’s impact across the world has not gone unnoticed and it’s no wonder the United Nations had to set a day aside (March 8) solely for the purpose of celebrating women. Although, one question still lingers in the hearts of many. “Are women supposed to be celebrated in one day”? Of course not! Women, likewise, men should be celebrated every day. Goal five of the Sustainable Developmental Goals adopted by all UN Member States in 2015 addresses gender equality. In different parts of the world, women are being held back and limited of what it is they can do, achieve or be. Society is constantly dictating everything for a woman but recently, women are lending their voices to the world and challenging the status quo.
The theme of this year’s Women History Month is #breakthebias. Women across the world are breaking barriers, becoming the person nobody thought they could be, breaking the glass ceilings, and challenging the status quo.
Here are 10 Millennial Black Women doing fantastic in their careers regardless of the bias. M-Lifestyle is proud to share their story with the world!
Rashida Gayle as featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 list (Class of 2021) is the founder of several successful companies with a focus on marketing, talent representation, content, digital media, and business strategy. She recently founded Twenty Six Marketing Agency and is the first and only Black woman to represent NFL and MLS players independently. She has also secured her clients multi-million dollar deals in Pepsi, Reebok and Marriott. She co-founded Bloom, a GA non-profit, to help women in male-dominated, non-inclusive industries connect with one another.
Terri Burns as featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 list (Class of 2021) is the youngest investment partner in GV history, where she led investments in HAGS and Locker Room. She attended board meetings for Lambda School for two years. Until recently, she sat on the board of the nonprofit Brave Initiatives, which teaches coding skills to girls from underserved, and less privileged geographic and economic communities. She also has a degree in computer science from the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and was previously an associate product manager at Twitter, where she worked on the home timeline team.
Chelsea Crowder as featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list (Class of 2021) is a private banker who is building up a practice for rising entrepreneurs, entertainers, artists, particularly in the Black community, offering banking, asset management and financial planning services. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Crowder began her career at Goldman Sachs. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.
While studying illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, Yelitsa Jean-Charles offered her own twist on Rapunzel, redesigning the Disney Princess as a Brown girl with curly, natural hair. It was the type of doll she wished she had as a child because it looked like her. After raising $500,000 from Backstage Capital and others, she launched Healthy Roots Dolls in 2019. Her first doll, Zoe, became an internet sensation this summer. Her hair is made of special fibers that can be washed and styled, helping young girls learn to style their own hair.
Faith Couch as featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list focuses her photography on accessing the memory of the Black experience and the folklore within memory by using vivid and colorful colors. “I want my photos to invoke memories of folklore and magic through Black people expressing love, tenderness, and intimacy,” she says. Her work has been shown at the New Image Gallery in LA, the Nasher Museum in Durham, North Carolina and African American Museum in Philadelphia, Aperture Foundation in NYC among others.
Inioluwa Deborah Raji
Inioluwa Deborah Raji as featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list has been campaigning on behalf of others since high school. Now aged 24, she has channeled her advocacy work to change the world’s biggest companies. As the first intern of the Algorithmic Justice League, a non-profit that raises public awareness about the social implications of AI, she has emerged as one of its star researchers. One of her major projects was working with Under 30 alumnae Joy Buolamwini on an audit on Amazon Recognition’s deployed facial recognition product, discovering it was significantly less accurate for darker-skinned women than for white men. Over 70 top AI researchers signed an open letter in support of her work, and this, combined with increasing public pressure and campaigning, led Amazon – following the lead of IBM – to agree to support facial recognition regulation and later halt the sale of their product to police for at least a year.
Destinee Dickerson & Aisha Marshall
These two co-founded Creative Label as a one-stop shop for the marketing needs of brands such as Essence, PopSugar and Refinery29. They share industry updates and marketing trends via speaking engagements, social media and their podcast, “The Label.” They particularly speak extensively about creating marketing strategies that reflect the diversity and inclusion of the Black community. They collaborated with the Mayfair Group on an initiative to sell merchandise highlighting Black creatives including artists, photographers and models.
After graduating from Stanford in 2017, Davis as featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list cofounded a political-activism social network called Greo in Y-Combinator. It didn’t live long, but her interest in its mission lived on. Now at Facebook, she has managed a group of 20-plus people to build a number of new tools. One was the business fundraiser feature that companies turned to at the start of the pandemic, raising millions of dollars. She also conceived and launched a Facebook campaign to fundraise for racial justice organizations around Juneteenth; the idea was to provide a small seed amount?$19?to any user who began a campaign on their own. It eventually raised over $12 million.
Evuleocha founded Kiira Health, a telemedicine company focused on providing a safe, confidential platform for women at colleges and universities, because of her own confusion in finding medical help as an undergrad. The platform offers 24/7 phone, video, and chat capabilities with primary care, OB/GYN and mental health clinicians through a mobile app.
Victoria KEKS Oyebande
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