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Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America

by Charisse Jones Kumea Shorter-Gooden

Inscription from the author: The Users of Bookshare.org-- May you find ways to fulfill your dreams and to help create a better world---Kumea Shorter-Gooden Shifting A RESOURCE FOR WOMEN THAT Finally gives a name to the behavioral changes and emotional ups and downs that Black women undergo in the face of bias Shows how age-old myths and stereotypes continue to affect Black women today Breaks down the coping mechanisms Black women utilize to deal with discrimination, such as "walling it off" and fighting back Candidly talks about the "home codes" Black women must follow within their own community, such as speaking a certain way or behaving submissively in church or with their partners Pointedly discusses how undervalued and overlooked many Black women feel in the workplace Shows the connection between dealing with bias and the disproportionately high rates of hypertension, obesity, and depressive symptoms among Black women Sheds light on the "Sisterella complex," a distinct manifestation of depression common among Black women Explores the "lily complex," the pressure Black women feel to reflect a White beauty ideal Provides answers and offers examples of how women can reconnect with their true selves by seeking professional counseling, starting their own businesses, joining support groups, or taking other proactive steps WHAT SETS THIS BOOK APART Based on the African American Women's Voices Project, this is one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted of Black women's experiences with bias Engages all people, regardless of gender or ethnicity, with its poignant stories and common themes Unlike most books in the marketplace, Shifting explores the impact of both racial and gender bias on Black women Written in an accessible style; the dozens of women interviewed tell their personal stories in their own voices. Their honesty reminds readers that they are not the only ones dealing with certain challenges Weaves together the existing research on the impact of bias on Black women while also building upon it with original findings Gives a window into the experiences of 19 million Americans Shines a light on the persistence of bias and discrimination in the twenty-first century and provides insights for all Americans on how we might build a fairer and more just society

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