100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women – 2016
What is the name of the book?
What is the purpose of the project?
The purpose of this informative and educational publication is two-fold:
- to highlight, document and make visible the accomplishments of Black Canadian women in terms of social, educational, political and professional accomplishments and
- to support the social, educational, political and professional advancement of Black Canadian women.
What is the origin of the project?
This project grew out of a series of discussions we had over several months in 2014, realizing that such a book did not exist but was needed to fill a void.
Are women from a diversity of backgrounds be included?
First, this project aims to document the accomplishments of Black Canadian women who are from different walks of life and regions across Canada. Second, the plan is to establish and build a database of these accomplished women for future books.
What professions are highlighted in the book?
The Black Canadian women recognized in this book include women who are firsts and/or highly accomplished in government, not-for-profit, financial, legal, real estate, health, entertainment, fine arts, and other professional areas.
How were these women identified for the book?
A nomination process and call for nominees was launched in February 2014. Individuals were able to nominate other women as well as self-nominate by completing a form.
What was the selection criteria?
Nominees were judged against the following criteria:
- Support of Black women and girls
- Lived and worked in Canada
- Support-related activities with organizations and groups working for the advancement of Black women and girls
- Demonstrated leadership through role modelling and/or volunteer activities
What were the deciding factors in determining the successful nominees?
Four key questions had to be answered:
- What distinguished this nominee as a proven leader?
- How did this nominee leverage her professional or non-professional activities to the benefit of Black women and girls?
- What made this nominee unique?
- What was the scope of their impact?
Who made the final selection decision?
An Evaluation Committee was established to review and make final decisions on nominees.
When will nominees be announced?
Nominees were announced on June 16, 2016 – the same date as the launch of the book.
How will the proceeds be used?
Proceeds will be used to cover expenses for the book. A portion of the proceeds from the book will go towards supporting programs for marginalized Black women and girls.
Who are the co-authors of the book?
Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine , Dr. Denise O’Neil Green and Dauna Jones-Simmonds.
How were the accomplishments of these 100 women be celebrated?