Statement June 2020
Women in Voice is a global organization, but to stay quiet right now is not an option during this tumultuous time in the USA.
This is not just an American problem.
Racism underlies cultures and countries, explicit or hidden in different biases and behaviors, and working to change it is a systemic and lifelong mission.
We renounce white supremacy in all its forms.
Women in Voice was started out of a need for inclusion, diversity, and to empower minorities in tech. Our mission will always be to elevate the voice of our community and be a resource, platform, and community that champions diversity and equality in technology, society, and around the world.
We still have a lot of work to do. We are committed to long-term change. We are starting by signing petitions and donating to support racial justice, taking the time to educate ourselves, and design for inclusion and diversity as an integral part of our work.
We must stand up and speak up for all the Black Lives who have been taken too soon and against all racism, hate, and violence.
As a nonprofit organization with the mission of gender diversity in voice tech at its heart, we know diversity is always more than gender and must be intersectional and given a structural place of power. A few weeks ago, our Chief Diversity (and inclusion) Officer formally accepted the position at Women in Voice and this person will be announced publicly soon.
We want to celebrate and amplify the work of women of color in the voice industry. We will be seeking these out, you can also nominate here!
Want to be involved in our diversity initiatives or have further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What you can do to make change happen
Below is a list of resources to help take action now.
Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide
10 Books about Race to read instead of asking a person of color to explain things to you
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
Voices for Racial Justice
Black Visions Collective
Reclaim the Block
Women for Political Change
The Bail Project
. WeSay Their Names
George Floyd, Natosha McDade, Yassin Mohamed, Finan H. Berhe, Sean Reed, Steven Demarco Taylor, Breonna Taylor, Ariane McCree, Terrance Franklin, Miles Hall, Darius Tarver, William Green, Samuel David Mallard, Kwame Jones, De’von Bailey, Christopher Whitfield, Anthony Hill, De’Von Bailey, Eric Logan, Jamarion Robinson, Gregory Hill Jr, JaQuavion Slaton, Ryan Twyman, Brandon Webber, Jimmy Atchison, Willie McCoy, Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford J, D’ettrick Griffin, Jemel Roberson, DeAndre Ballard, Botham Shem Jean, Robert Lawrence White, Anthony Lamar Smith, Ramarley Graham, Manuel Loggins Jr, Trayvon Martin, Wendell Allen, Kendrec McDade, Larry Jackson Jr, Jonathan Ferrell, Jordan Baker, Victor White III, Dontre Hamilton, Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, Kajieme Powell, Laquan McDonald, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Rumain Brisbon, Jerame Reid, Charly Keunang, Tony Robinson, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Brendon Glenn, Samuel DuBose, Christian Taylor, Jamar Clark, Mario Woods, Quintonio LeGrier, Gregory Gunn, Akiel Denkins, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Terrence Sterling, Terence Crutcher, Keith Lamont Scott, Alfred Olango, Jordan Edwards, Stephon Clark, Danny Ray Thomas, DeJuan Guillory, Patrick Harmon, Jonathan Hart, Maurice Granton, Julius Johnson, Jamee Johnson, Michael Dean, and many, many, many others.
Steps that Women in Voice has taken:
- Board: Acted intentionally with who is on our Board of Directors and ensuring we have BIPOC women featured there
- Discussion: Held a Resilience RoundTable in March 2021 to discuss how to support each other with Black History Month and Women’s Month back to back
- Reviewed Hiring practices, questions, and strategy with a DEI 3rd party
- Hiring: Hired women of color to influential leadership roles. We know we have room to grow in this aspect, but continue building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into our hiring practices.
We recognize that supporting the BLM movement is a continued act and process and we will continue in strides to maintain intersectional perspectives into our work.