women of color Archives - Joy Wiggins PhD

Women supporting Women in Leadership Through Empowerment and Solidarity

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Kami J. Anderson and Joy Wiggins will present an ongoing learning lab in the marketplace of the Forum on Workplace Inclusion conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Women undermine each other in subtle and explicit ways across different social identities. Sabotage looks like judgments and assumptions about each other based on society’s impossible standards for women: body image, motherhood, work/life balance, cultural expectations and what good leadership should look like. We can start to take an active approach in better supporting ourselves and other women by understanding how to prevent sabotage from happening in the first place.  Preventing sabotage requires that we recognize that it is happening in the first place, and in time to do something about it.  Once we learn to recognize in our own actions, it is possible to make a different choice, interrupt our action, and take action to improve our world rather than perpetuate injustices.  By learning about our feminist cultural history and the systems that keep us in competition with one another, we begin to unravel the binds and figure out solutions to empower ourselves and each other.