Diane Abbott, Mishal Husain, Yomi Adegoke, Corinne Bailey Rae and Ash Sarkar: what do all these women have in common? When they established their careers, these women might not have had role models who looked like them. But it doesn’t have to be like that for the next generation. For those pioneering women of colour who’ve built themselves successful careers in media, politics and culture, how did they do it?
In a new collaboration between gal-dem and media company Intelligence Squared, we’ve chosen to highlight five women of colour leading the way in their respective fields. It’s a win-win for everyone. We get to have these important conversations that our audience craves, on the massive scale that Intelligence Squared events can provide and Intelligence Squared gets a fresh, engaging content and access our ever-enthusiastic base. Most importantly, you, the audience, get exclusive insight into what it takes to break through that double-glazed glass ceiling.
It’s already hard enough in Britain to be a woman in the spotlight, but it is doubly hard to be a successful woman of colour. But these women have more than managed it and they’re here to show you how they did it.
Our panel will play host to Diane Abbott, the UK’s first black female MP and Shadow Home Secretary. She’s been in parliament since 1987, which makes her the longest-serving black MP and with a whopping majority of 35,139 votes, we don’t think she’s going anywhere for now. We’ll have Mishal Husain, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme and author of The Skills, a handbook to career success for women. Another writer rounding off our panel is the award-winning journalist Yomi Adegoke who co-authored Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, along with its companion journal. Award-winning singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, who poured her heart out to us for our second print issue, is also on the books.
The conversation will be chaired by journalist, political activist and lefty internet sensation Ash Sarkar.
It’s the kind of conversation that ought to be happening more and we don’t know a better set of women to be delivering this advice. If you go to any talk this fall, make it this one. If you’ve never been to a panel discussion, make this one your first.
Join the conversation at EartH Hackney, 11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston, London, N16 8BH on Tuesday 15 October 2019 from 6:30pm to 8pm. You can get tickets here