Rashanna Roach is the founder and CEO of Vocal A.C.T.I.O.N., LLC, a consulting company focused on social justice. You can find the Text Set of articles she selected here.
How do the articles you selected reflect your perspective on women's history?
I chose 3 articles that highlight 3 important principles for me as a woman. (1) Education (“First lady announces U.S. pledge to aid Pakistani girls’ education”). In school I learned that I had a voice and it deserved to be heard. (2) Ownership (“In Africa, more women are helping their families by starting businesses”). It is important that we own our futures and our success. As a Black female entrepreneur, it is important for to be an example of a "Lady Boss." I also related to this article as a woman of Barbadian descent. It is important for me to make sure that my perspective in life is inclusive of the Caribbean and how to improve their self-sufficiency. (3) Fearlessness (“Trading back seat for front, more women own motorcycles these days”). In addition to my need for speed, I think that it is important for women to be the drivers of their lives and set our own pace. Women who make history, those known and unknown, are life-learners. They are women who dare to own their destiny and work hard to provide others the freedom to do so as well. "I'm a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman. That's me"- Maya Angelou
What has led you to do the work you do today?
I saw a lack of representation from the Black voice in policy. I want to make sure that we find a way to insert our voice into the data and reform legislation. Thus, I started Vocal A.C.T.I.O.N., LLC, a business and philanthropic consulting company committed to Attaining Community Through Improving Our Networks by improving program outcomes for those who impact and are invested in the lives of minority youth.
Women who inspire Rashanna:
I am inspired by all women, each and every single last one. From the young girl defining herself, to the teenager asserting herself, to my mom/grandma/aunts/friends who guide me, and to those women I aspire to be like and they will never know. I learn something from every woman I interact with. I learn about strength, entrepreneurship, love, confidence, tact, and CHOICE!
Books that have influenced how Rashanna thinks about women's history:
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie
Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals