When Black women are let down and left out of the growth equation, cities worldwide lose a valuable source of economic and social capital, says Sherrell Dorsey. She goes on to say that “black women have been underrated pioneers, overlooked incubators, interrupted powers, and—far too often—a missed opportunity for investment. It is past time to reevaluate our priorities and reimagine the destinies of our cities to say no more.”
Ms. Dorsey envisions a city concerned with inclusive innovation and job growth as one that undoubtedly intends to provide Black women-owned service businesses with the utmost support they deserve. At the surface, this support means funding them to become accelerators to global small business growth and providing resources for them to offer paid internship programs for locals.
Her essay is the first in a series on making cities livable for Black women. Let’s work together to build forward-thinking communities, even in the inner cities.