A joint letter by our Mint Co-Founders:
Dear Extraordinary Women, In honor of Women’s History Month, this mint mag Special Edition issue is dedicated to a group of individuals that are greatly integrated within the success of this country –minority women. This issue showcases the tremendous impact of the wide-ranging contributions, talents, strengths, ideas, and experiences that extraordinary women of color like yourself possess.
Minority women are frequently undervalued and have to work twice as hard to get just as far as their counterparts in the corporate world– despite possessing successful traits, skills, and abilities. If you dive deeper into the statistics, you’ll see that African-American and Latinx women have suffered greatly from the combined hurdles of both gender and racial discrimination. In 2017, about 42% of working women in the United States reported that they faced a wide array of gender discrimination. African-American and Latinx women earn 64 cents and 56 cents, respectively, for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. Overall, if gender discrimination across the board continues at this rate, reaching true workforce gender equality will not happen until 2234…another 215 years.
Despite various social and institutionalized barriers that perpetuate unfortunate realities, women-owned businesses are now the fastest-growing segment of start-up companies, with black-owned businesses specifically making up a large share of the numbers (Katherine Inman, Women’s Resources in Business Start-Up). Minority women are more frequently achieving financial freedom associated with becoming entrepreneurs and business owners. Although initially both frightening and liberating, simultaneously breaking through social constraints and launching endeavors is an extraordinary opportunity of growth for many women.
Countless women that have already made it into the entrepreneurial sea and emerged successfully, provide motivation and encouragement to others through their stories. From established successes such as Oprah Winfrey and Maria Contreras-Sweet, to minority women on the rise such as Morgan DeBaun of Blavity Inc., Miko Branch of Miss Jessie’s, Snow Xue Gao of Snow Xue Gao, Payal Kadakia Pujji of ClassPass, Julissa Prado of Rizos Curls, and Kayla Robinson of Green Box Shop, we are appreciative to live within a time in which their successes were made possible. This mint mag Special Edition issue is exceptionally exciting for us as we are able to share the stories featuring, and written by, amazing women contributors of color across all industries, career paths, and backgrounds.
So thank you to the contributors of this issue, our spotlight and cover features, and the countless women who continue to do great things every single day. Thank you for being truly extraordinary!
Sherron Pearson & Joshua A. Foster
“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.”
– Madam C.J. Walker