"This is a man's world!", (in my James Brown voice), gotta' love James Brown-God bless his soul; however, that way of thinking is a bit out dated. In 1966, it was in fact a "man's world", but times have changed. Women are becoming CEO's, business owners, moguls, the list goes on and on. Women have taken the role of BOSS to another level..... but, societal views have not kept pace with seeing a woman on the same level as a man. Career opportunities for women are rampant-but, salaries are sometimes below that of our counterparts. The question becomes how do we earn equal levels of respect and income? and, Why do we have to work twice as hard and receive a limited amount of respect?- which should be inherent in our position and determined by job performance....not gender.
As women we have to earn our RESPECT (in my Aretha Franklin voice) just like we did in the 1920's, when it was finally declared that women would have "equal justice under law." The term equal does have ring to it... only if that were true. Data proves that most fields are dominated by men. In corporate America, women have to work twice as hard to receive recognition for their contributions. This has caused some women to explore entrepreneurial avenues and are providing a decent livelihoods for themselves and their families. In today's terms we are making Money Moves (in my Cardi B voice).
Speaking of money moves, Madam C. J. Walker ( Sarah Breedlove) was the first woman to become a self-made millionaire. She made a fortune developing and marketing a line of beauty and hair products. Mrs. Walker was a pioneer and one of the most successful women of her time, as she declared: " I am a woman who came from the fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there, I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there, I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations. I have built my own factory on my own ground."
Although we have not made it to the same level as our counterparts. This is no time pack it up and quit. We're making great gains...WE need to keep it up! This is a battle cry for women! This is our time to stand and deliver, stay hungry, fight for what we want, and make some money in the mean time. As women let's empower one another and support one another. We can all be girl bosses! #METOO
Hair: Angel Johnson @call_on_an_angel
Photographer: Keith Saunders
Male Model: Joseph Hines @mr.jhines
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