Success and financial freedom are often associated with traditional paths and predefined norms in today's society. However, some remarkable individuals challenge these notions and pave their way, breaking barriers and redefining what it means to be successful. Through their outstanding accomplishments and groundbreaking contributions, they have made a difference and become trailblazers who redefine success and financial freedom on their terms. This blog post aims to shed light on five inspirational stories:
We have always believed that in telling our own stories, we can finally see Black women in all of their fullness. We have to take it upon ourselves to document our own lives in order for our stories to stay alive and live on. This means we have to share and advocate our stories from our diverse communities into the mainstream more.
Historian Jade Bentil shared with Refinery29 that “Black women’s historical narratives are either rendered completely visible under the gaze of whiteness, or an extremely sanitised version that flattens the complexities of our lives is authored by non-black gatekeepers, both within and outside the academy,"
Black women have been successful visionaries and pioneers in many white and male-dominated industries, and as the world evolves, Black women continue to create and contribute to sectors such as tech, finance, education, entrepreneurship, wellness, and many others. This article serves to recognise and celebrate Black British women who are presently building legacies and changing the narrative of what it means to be a Black woman. Please note, this order is in no way or form of any importance.
"I'm so glad that I was already financially independent when I came out to my parents. It worked out, but it was touch and go for a moment in between" - Bayo Adelaja, CEO, Do it Now Now. This declaration of self is not the only occurrence in a Black queer womxn's life that warrants an objective look at one's finances to determine options and opportunities.
Despite being 3% more likely to report abuse to the police, Black womxn are 14% less likely to be effectively supported out of the abusive situation, according to Refuge. Statistics like these make it increasingly crucial for Black queer womxn to achieve financial independence so that it is possible to make a way out of a bad situation when necessary. The problem is so well acknowledged within our community that it is a commonplace for Black womxn to "kiki" about "FU money" and the different revenue streams that can help to "secure the bag". We often find ourselves swapping stories and tips readily in hopes of contributing to the Financial Freedom of a close friend or family member. Note the word "freedom" there. While finance isn't the only factor, according to the World Bank and Dana Harrington Conner's 2014 paper in the William and Mary Journal of Race, Gender and Social Justice, access to finance, coupled with the other keys in place, will lead to longer-term success and more robust sustainability in the future.