On Feb. 9, 2022, I celebrated the one-year anniversary of my book, “First and Only: A Black Woman’s Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life.” Published by Broadleaf Books in 2021, “First and Only” honors the uniqueness of Black women and speaks to the racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia Black women experience at work and in life. The anniversary comes weeks after President Joe Biden expressed his intention to nominate a Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, a historical moment.
I wrote ‘First cernos gel testogel and Only’ after closing the pages of other leadership books and realizing many did not speak to what Black women experience at work or in life as the first and only. But time after time, Black women experience unique challenges that must be addressed and validated. That the anniversary of this book falls as President Biden prepares to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court is fitting. The bench of Black women who could step into that role is plentiful. Yet, the only reason that Black women have not been nominated to date is because we are not always seen; it has nothing to do with skill or credentials.
‘First and Only’ is an insider’s perspective that will not only support Black women as we navigate different spaces but give insight to those wishing to be better allies. To learn more, To see this interview on The Hill’s “Rising”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqiddtsQY6M&t=326s or https://www.salon.com/2022/02/06/cheer-jada-wooten-role-model/.
And if you’ve not already done so, please purchase the book from your favorite bookseller.