Two young ladies, Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei are spreading economic empowerment and feminism in Sub-Saharan Africa.
They have started a company called SheLeadsAfrica.org (She Leads Africa) to help African women, get the tools needed to be successful in entrepreneurship, which is on the rise in Africa.
According to the Global Entrepreneurship monitor 2014 global report: “Africa leads the world in the number of women starting businesses.”
She Leads Africa has partnered with tech giant Intel, to host several educational workshops in cities all over the world’s 2nd largest continent.
They so hosted their first She Leads Africa entrepreneur showcase in Nigeria, an event that showcased Africa’s up and coming women entrepreneurs and introduced them to investors, accelerators and business mentors.
Twitter plans to take a page out of the book of social media media corporation pinterest, by fixing some of their issues with the lack of diversity within their company, earlier this year Pinterest hired Paradigm, to give their employees some diversity training.
Today Twitter is a white and male dominated company, with males taking up 78% of all leadership positions and white males specifically taking up 72% of all leadership positions and blacks taking up as little as 2% of Twitter’s workforce.
By 2016 Twitter hopes to increase its female workforce to 35% and increase its underrepresented minorities to an overall 11%.
Twitter also plans to target talent at some historically black colleges.
The fact is the San Francisco Ellis act is a smack in the face and wallet of residents
who love this city and have through good and bad times remained solid
Anyone who bought into the slogan and theme of the San Francisco dream
Corporate thieves and political greed have turned the San Francisco dream into the San Francisco nightmare
Full of evictions and despair for lifelong residents forced to beg like peasants!
The current tech boom in San Francisco is bringing back both the economic prosperity and social-economic devastation of the dot.com boom of the late 1990’s, as many landlords are now forcing out many longtime residents of the city by the bay.
In areas of the city like the mission district ( a predominantly Hispanic and immigrant area) and the Bayview-Hunters point district ( a area with a largest African-American population in the city ) , two regions of San Francisco with a rich ethnic history and unfortunately an economically disenfranchised past. Many low income families are being forced out of the city. According to a Newsweek article by journalist Joe Kloc, from April 15, 2014, Joe writes: “In many cities, people are pushed farther from the city center and must grapple with longer commutes, higher crime rates and a drop in services. But in San Francisco, where Silicon Valley’s tech boom has driven up evictions by 115 percent.” Leaving the newly vacant apartments available to be rented by highly paid tech company employees, who can afford the over priced rent that obviously many long time residents can’t afford, unless they take the risk and use services like Airbnb, which allows tenants to rent out parts of their apartment to complete strangers, which can help them pay their rent.
What ever politicians in San Francisco needs to keep in mind, is that every boom or bubble will burst, so eventually that same thing is going to happen to the tech boom that happened to the dot.com, sooner or later the gold rush always ends. The city by the bay may want to think twice before allowing its longtime loyal residents to be forcefully sent off from the city like inmates to Alcatraz, because they committed the crime of being economically disenfranchised!