Monday, April 3, 2017

The Making Of A Hashtag: How Brittany Packnett Amplified #BlackWomenAtWork To Highlight Our Unique Workplace Challenges - ESSENCE

by By Mariya Moseley & Christina Coleman
Originally published:  March 30, 2017

The global Black Lives Matter movement, created by Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors after the killing of Trayvon Martin, continues to be the catalyst for social change in our communities, police departments and education systems. Last year, writer/activist April Reign started a nationwide conversation around the lack of diversity in Hollywood with the hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite. And most recently, educator and activist Brittany Packnett popularized the hashtag, #BlackWomenAtWork after two prominent Black professionals were attacked on the same day: Rep. Maxine Waters and veteran journalist April Ryan. 

Through the trending tag, the Twitter community both defended the two women while opening up about discrimination they've experienced in the workplace.