We Cannot Be Superheroes

When most think of Black women, immediately adjectives like strength,resilience and fearless come to mind.

Although we can be all of these things and more, this ‘strong Black women’ narrative is tiring and can be very problematic in terms of not allowing us to express our feelings and be vulnerable.

‘Strong’ is why:

  • Black women are 5 times more likely to die in pregnancy than white women, in the UK

  • Black women are paid 21% less than white women in the USA

  • Black women are 4.3 times more likely to die from coronavirus than their white counterparts