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The Aster app was created to help women keep track of their pregnancy, communicate with a care team on the app and book appointments and remote monitoring. Founder of Aster FiFi Kara created the app after witnessing her family’s distress as her nephew was brought into the world. “After an emergency CAT 1 C-Section delivery, he required over seven minutes of resuscitation before he took his very first breath,” she wrote on LinkedIn. “The fact that both my nephew and sister are now thriving feels like a miracle, yet this narrative is sadly

EXHALE, a well-being app for Black women and women of color, shared its findings from a report that almost 2 in 5 (36%) Black women have left their jobs because they felt unsafe. The State of Self-Care for Black Women report EXHALE recently published its “The State of Self-Care for Black Women” report based on its survey of 1,005 Black women in the U.S. The report states that while diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are expected in institutions today, fostering safe spaces for Black women requires more specific resources to focus on their

Henrietta Lacks’ family is suing a second company for unjustly profiting from her cells. Lacks was a Black mother of five who died of cervical cancer in October 1951 at 31. Following a tumor biopsy, doctors saved a sample of her cancer cells without telling her and passed them on to a medical researcher at Johns Hopkins University. Although most cells die quickly in the lab, Lacks’ continued to multiply and didn’t age. These “immortal” cells were named HeLa (after her first and last name) and were sent to labs

For Black Business Month, media personality Sheletta Brundidge surprised five Black women with billboard advertisements for their businesses. August is National Black Business Month, where Americans recognize Black-owned businesses nationwide. Black business owners account for about 10%of U.S. businesses and 30% of all minority-owned businesses. A Harvard Business Review report also found that 17% of Black women are starting or running new businesses, compared to 10% of white women and 15% of white men. Billboard Ads for Black Women’s Businesses Five Black women entrepreneurs, including founders of Soul Grain Granola, Slyvia Williams and Liza Maya, were

New research has shed light on the extent of misogynoir across social media platforms. The study comes from the Digital Misogynoir Report by Glitch, a charity tackling the online abuse of Black women and marginalized people. What is Misogynoir? Misogynoir, a term coined by the queer Black feminist Moya Bailey in 2010, describes the anti-Black racist misogyny that Black women experience.  Glitch uses the term to detail the “continued, unchecked, and often violent dehumanization of Black women on social media, as well as through other forms such as algorithmic discrimination.”  The charity highlights

Black women continue to earn less than their white male counterparts in every state, new research by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) has revealed. Moreover, at the current rate of progress, Black women won’t reach pay equity with white men until 2144. Nationally, Black women earn just 63.7 cents for every dollar earned by white men – a striking difference of $20,702 in just one year. Among full-time year-round workers, the gap was slightly smaller at 67.2 cents on the dollar. “The gender wage gap is a national

ThriveDX, a global leader in cybersecurity education, and BlackGirlsHack, an international cybersecurity training nonprofit increasing diverse representation in cybersecurity, have launched the BlackGirlsHack Scholars Program. The Scholars Program will enable a cohort of 25 individuals associated with BlackGirlsHack to receive the support and benefits needed to complete the program successfully and secure new cybersecurity employment. Helping Black Women and Girls Thrive In Cyber The BlackGirlsHack Foundation was founded by Tennisha Martin, a Black woman from Washington, D.C., who has worked in the IT and Cyber Space for over 15 years. The nonprofit

A new study by Communia has revealed that Black women are twice as likely to experience cyber-flashing as white women. Cyber-flashing is the act of sending obscene pictures to people online without their consent, usually through messaging or social media apps. In addition to feeling upset and unsafe, victims of cyberflashing report longer-term impacts on their mental well-being. The extent of Cyber-flashing Over 2,000 women and marginalized genders in the U.K. who use social media were surveyed to find out their experiences online. The report, The exposé on women’s and marginalized

Acting White House National Cyber Director Kemba Walden has been told she won’t be considered to serve the role permanently, due to personal debt issues, despite praises and recommendations from key lawmakers and her predecessor.  Who is Kemba Walden? Congress created the Office of the National Cyber Director in 2021 to advise the president on cybersecurity policy and strategy. Walden joined the office the following year and has acted as the national cyber director since February.  In her role, she oversaw the rollout of the administration’s national cyber strategy and

Former bankers Lyndsae’ Peele and Casey Ariel are turning to web3 to empower and uplift Black women entrepreneurs with Zubachee, their “metaverse ecosystem for Black women in business.” The pair plan to onboard one million Black women onto the metaverse by 2023. What is Zubachee? Zubachee aims to become the go-to space in the metaverse for Black women entrepreneurs to find the tools and support needed to scale their businesses. Zubachee is also developing a curriculum and planning events to educate Black women needed to run profitable business operations.  While

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