Click on the image to access this episode! For far too long, women, especially women of color – and their daughters – have been held back and marginalized by a society that undervalues both their contributions and their potential. Their limited opportunities are concerning and unjust. Furthermore, their own sense of self-esteem and self-worth is damaged from internalizing the negative messages that are so insidious and so prevalent in the media and in public discourse.
In this episode, we are joined by two extraordinary young women and their supportive mothers who are part of a ground-breaking program, called The Rhosebud Club or Rhoers Affiliates, a youth branch of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., designed to build strong, confident, capable young women who deserve a place at life’s table.
Jaliyah Haywood and Kiya Allen share their experience growing up in today’s world as young women of color. Their moms, Jenea Haywood and Amie Allen, explain the unique challenges of supporting their daughters in the face of society’s subtle and overt discrimination. All women credit Sigma Gramma Rho Sorority with helping to bolster the self-image and confidence of girls grappling with today’s pressures and developing their identities as modern-day young women of color.
Dr. Charmeka Newton, psychologist and author of Black Lives Are Beautiful, provides insight into the psychological toll that girls of color face as they find their way in a world that directly and indirectly judges and often shames them for everything from their hair to their body types.
We are honored to have these five remarkable women share the realities of living as, or bringing up, girls of color and are inspired by their tenacity and outlook on the future.