Career Reflections The Morning After Black Panther.

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GOOD NEWS #1 – As of 2016 Black women have been  the most educated group in US, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

GOOD NEWS #2 – College students who graduate with degrees in pharmaceutical science and computer, chemical and industrial engineering tend to go on to earn high incomes.

NOT SO GOOD NEWS – African Americans tend to be under-represented in those majors – less than any other group.  They study low-er earning majors – a lot of psychology, education, humanities…

VERY GOOD NEWS – Mainstream media has been raving about how inspiring Black Panther has been for young black women interested in STEM*. In the technologically advanced world of Wakanda, it isn’t a man who is behind the kingdom’s latest innovations, it’s the hero T’Challa’s younger sister, Shuri. She’s female, she’s black and she’s amazing in her role.

This is a first for Hollywood and very encouraging for our girls who yearn to look up to someone that not only resembles them, racially, but is just as capable.

Pillow reflections the morning after Black Panther

  1. What are some of the reasons we encourage our girls to pursue certain careers?
  2. Why are they ending up in these lower income careers?
  3. Is it our role as mothers to steer them in a particular career path or should they discover their purpose on their own?
  4. Should earning potential be the main incentive for girls of color when pursuing a career?
  5. Can they be wealthy, successful and balanced, happy women? Can they have it all?
  6. Does our gender and racial history influence our professional choices and outcomes?

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