Sisters In Strength Featured in ELLE.com Collection of Black Girl Love Letters

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On Valentine’s Day, Melissa Harris-Perry published a collection of Black girls’ and women’s love notes to themselves. Authors included two members of our 2016-2018 Sisters in Strength cohort, Naa’ilah Frazier and Sierra Williams.

Self-love is a factor in overall psychological and physical health, writes Harris-Perry, but “compassion for the self can be painfully difficult to achieve. This is especially true for black women. Despite the growing visibility of African American women in media, popular culture, and public life, black women are still more likely to live with stigmatized identities. Black women are more likely to live in poverty, to be unmarried as adults, to parent children alone, to carry more weight than is deemed socially acceptable and to have less formal education than their counterparts. Even black women whose lives are not marked by these circumstances are still aware of the damaging racial and gender stereotypes. Black women are more likely to report serious psychological distress, including feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. And they’re less likely to receive adequate treatment.” So, in light of this, ELLE.com spotlighted their professions of appreciation for themselves. Read them here.

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