As #MoreWorkComingSoon took a bit of a hiatus, we are back with more work through a new project titled "Lessons for the World" in which these photos will carry knowledge, insight, and lessons to be shared with the World. The purpose of Lessons for the World is to show how many responses or insights we can have for the questions we share; all pertaining to the curiosity found within us all.
The first question of the day and introduction to L4TW goes to the beautiful ladies I spent my Saturday afternoon with at their first Boss Brunch here in Boston. We got to speak on issues we face in our community, how being women of color influences the world, work life, and networked within a refreshing environment as we met with other like-minded women in the Boston area.
All being from different backgrounds and careers, I asked: As a woman of color, what do they think this World needs more of?
Here is a part of the World, sharing Lessons for the World. .
"What we can offer the World as women of color is empathy. Collectively women throughout history have experienced so many things especially women of African descent but also women of other ethnic backgrounds. So if we could be more empathetic as human beings, towards each other I think we will be able to have a better World and a better community"
"I believe we just need to not be afraid to ask for help, find unity and love between families and even in the communities around us filled with multi-cultural backgrounds"
"This World needs more love. I think there's so much hate out there and it really gets overlooked, specifically in our community. It can be really hard to stay strong. It's more important that we need to tell each other that we love each other more. Love overpowers everything so we should spread more of that, The world in general would become such a better place "
"This World needs more of us people to stop and take a moment and being kind to each other. I think that's what going to help the World at first; to take a little time out of our day, going out of our way to say hi to people, smiling, waving, giving that human piece to it."
"The World needs a little bit more of an understanding of other people's situations and of realizing that everything may not be how it seems on the surface and that everybody is going through their own thing all the time. So to be more kind to each other will go a long way."
"Confidence. Acceptance. Self-care. Bravery."
"This World needs more of our magic when it comes to the fact that we can create, birth, and serve with our gifts. So allowing that to breathe in spaces that are afraid to receive that; it doesn't have to be about money or power, it can just purely be about existing to continue to live."
"More love. Definitely more love because if there was more love, there would be more unity and I think everything springs from love"
"This World needs more empathy. A lot of things can be solved by just simply thinking about what the other person is going through, what they are feeling, cause you never know what people are going through. I feel like you gain so much more understanding through trying to understand".
"Empathy. A symptom of Capitalism is lack of empathy and how institutions hurt people and how your impression is actually connected to someone who's experiencing that oppression overseas as well. I would also say respect, I know there's a lot happening right now in terms of being more accepting of how people identify and we need to understand we don't need to fully understand how someone is identifying, we just need to respect them by calling them by their chosen pronouns."
"The World needs a lot more empathy and compassion. I feel like a lot of individuals don't have the ability to put themselves in someone else's shoes and that can really make a difference. And when you're a creative making a big positive impact, I've noticed that's like the 2 driving factors for what drives me to do the work I want to do in the future."
"We all just need to realize that we're not all alone and that most of us are probably going through the same thing but we choose not to share and kind of figure "I can do this on my own". Especially women of color in particular always have to be the strong ones so in that sense we just really need to speak up more. I know that takes a lot for us to even do but once we do, we'll realize "Oh!" We can be more supportive and see we are all actually on the same page more than we think."
"We need more spaces where we can have conversations. Where people can actually say what they want to say without any consequences. Where people listen. We need more resources allocated, (reparations!), equality can be the answer but some people need more than others so those with a lot more can help distribute that in other means and ways to help the rest of the World out."
"More understanding and more communication. Often times we (as people, not just women of color) come into conversations thinking that we already know everything, which inhibits our ability to fully understand where another is coming from. Coming into conversations with an open-heart and open-mind could change everything. It's something that we all have to actively work towards and check ourselves on. Are we really listening?As women of color, our experiences inform and shape the worlds we live in. We need to speak on them. And if people aren't receptive to that, what do we really have?"