The past few weeks have seen what's been consistently referred to as "a reckoning" in glossy industries like fashion and media. From pay disparity and lack of representation to full-on toxic environments, past and current employees alike have shed a light on the treatment of people of color at companies like Condé Nast and Refinery29, leading to a sweep of departures of longtime editors and CEOs at the helm.
But if anyone was surprised by the widespread inequality upheld by such institutions, it certainly wasn't Nana Agyemang. For the current social editor of The Cut, who has worked at Elle and The New York Times, these revelations are nothing new. Which is why, back in 2016, she launched EveryStylishGirl, a platform that fosters education, networking, and the careers of Black and brown women in the too-often exclusionary spaces of fashion, beauty, and journalism.
In addition to spotlighting successful tastemakers and hosting mentorship and training programs, EveryStylishGirl has cemented its mission to advance the careers of women of color with its celebrated Sip N’ Slay series, annual conferences that connect young professionals with industry leaders. Since the pandemic put a halt to in-person gatherings, Sip N' Slay has continued on in the virtual realm, empowering women across the world.
View this post on InstagramHere at EveryStylishGirl Biz our goal is to create long-term effective change. We want to see Black and Brown women be promoted and get the raises they deserve! For more information and data like this, check out @leaninorg! Lean In is a great resources that aims to provide data and information which reflects and validates Black women’s experiences and increase awareness of the disproportionate biases and barriers Black women face.
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And they're not stopping there. Last week ESG announced the expansion of its professional community to encompass the business world, with the launch of EveryStylishGirl Biz. On the agenda? Developing a directory of Black and brown women in professional fields, giving new talent the tools and advice they need, and, ultimately, placing more WOC in positions of power.
We've all seen the corporate Instagram posts about "listening and learning," but if companies really want to make an outlasting change, they can start by hiring more Black and brown women - EveryStylishGirl can help.
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