Is it true that the life of a young woman can become a mirror image of that of an almost middle aged woman settled in her career? Dare I say that the successful, single, independent black woman is as present under the age of 25, as she is beyond it. How is this so?
How is major success reaching the younger generation of black women earlier?
1. Redefined Images of Success
As millennials growing up seeing collegiate founders make it big and our peers truly living out their passions, entrepreneurship, though gritty, has been glamorized, and initiative at a young age has been inspired within our generation.
2. Increased Interconnections
E-mail, text, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube comments, and the list goes on! It is so much easier to get in touch with black women who have established success. They are only a message away! I have personally benefited from the advantages of this digital world, being mentored by C-level executives, Forbes list honorees, and others because of virtual connections. Additionally, there are countless non-profits and groups to foster #blackgirlmagic around the world!
Here are links to a couple:
Black Women in Medicine
Black Women in Law
3. Lessons learned from Generations X and Y
"Go to college and finish!", "Don't waste your time worrying about finding a significant other; take care of you first!" There has been a flood of blunt advice from Momma, Auntie, Cousin, and Sista.
4. More resources!!!
There are a ridiculous amount of free monies to attend any school, study abroad program, insight days, etc! Moreover, there are lots of outreach programs for women, and more specifically women of color, to develop ourselves. Simply put, opportunity abounds, and young black girls aren't waiting to take advantage of it!
Here are links to a few programs:
Black Girls Code
Management Leadership for Tomorrow
7 Top Grants or Free Money for Black Women Entrepreneurs
5. If she can do it, I can do it, too!
To the women whose names we speak. Thank you for showing us the possibility of achieving more and realizing the visions that keep us up at night.
DISCLAIMER:: This is a trend that I have observed among the young black women I have met in college, at national conferences, and in professional development opportunities. Therefore, I wrote this blogpost :-). Agree? Disagree? Write your thoughts in the comments section!
Furthermore, this post is not to say that there are not young black successful women who have found wonderful significant others, it is just an observance of the many of us, who have not. But to avoid ending this blogpost on a dreary note, here is my favorite black wedding video from Youtube :-) .