The Black Women’s
Health Imperative

Fair Work Initiative

Science has shown that chronic stress due to working in a racist, discriminatory environment puts Black women at higher risk of developing serious conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Now, the Black Women’s Health Imperative has developed a national initiative to combat racism and gender discrimination impacting Black women in the workplace.

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The vision of CEO and President, Linda Goler Blount, the Fair Work Initiative is led by Dr. Angelica Geter, Chief Strategy Officer.

The four-part initiative addresses workplace culture, policies, and practices through:

Robust Data Design
Tangible Activation
Measurable Impact
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The Four-Part Initiative Includes

Fair Work Index

An open-source tool corporate leaders can use to assess the fairness of their policies and practices.

Fair Work Trainings

Trainings backed by scientific research that shift corporate culture and drive long-term systemic change.

Fair Work Research

Surveys and interviews that center the voices of Black women and their experiences in the workplace.

Anti-Racism Toolkit (ART) for Wellness

A toolkit providing employees with guidance and support to help them thrive in the workplace.

“Through the development of this multi-year initiative, we will create national standards to transform the experiences of Black women in the workplace and allow them to thrive. We know that each year, Black Americans have over 74,000 more deaths due to health inequities. Chronic stress due to racism affects us on a cellular level. We have to address this public health crisis with more than just conventional diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.”

Linda Goler Blount, MPH President and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative

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Help us tackle workplace inequities in order to improve the health and wellness of Black women.

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Tell Your Story

Share your story of racism and gender discrimination in the workplace anonymously with our team. We welcome stories from allies as well.

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Discrepancies in the workplace

 

We experience a greater variety of microaggressions than women of other races and ethnicities.

Black women are hired and promoted more slowly, while sometimes being the only Black woman in the room.

We lack prioritization and mentorship essential for our promotion and advancement.

 

 

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Only 27% of Black women are likely to say their organization is fair to everyone and that they have the same opportunities for advancement.
Black women are 7.5 years biologically “older” than white women: factors include stress and poverty.
Black women lose an average of $964,400 over their lifetime due to the income disparity.
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To contact our Chief Strategy Officer,
Angelica Geter, DrPH, MPH
, directly please email equity@bwhi.org.

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