Women's Report
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The rise of the black woman: Celebrating black women’s excellence

In celebration of the 10th year of publication, the 2020 Women’s Report reflects on the rise of the black woman. Very little is written about black women’s workplace successes and wisdom. We address this discrepancy by celebrating black women’s excellence.

A celebration of excellence would not be complete without words of wisdom and encouragement to the next generation of women.

Twelve black women of note — women who have excelled in their respective fields — have graciously narrated their life stories and views about their success.

Proudly standing for women’s workplace equity and equality, the Women’s Report aims to provide thoughtful insights corroborated by facts that not only encourage dialogue but speak for those who can’t.

What is the Women’s Report?

Conceptualised from the need to map the field of women at work and recognising the lack of accessible evidence-based writing about women in paid work in South Africa, the Women’s Report was born in 2011. Initial topics revolved around the author’s choices and interests but soon the Women’s Report developed into an authoritative annual publication about topical themes relating to the life-worlds and lived experiences of African women.

The Women’s Report informs academic, practitioner and line manager audiences. Interest from the public has grown strongly since 2014 when the topic of Work and Women’s Reproduction was introduced. The Women’s Report 2020 is proudly sponsored by the University of Stellenbosch Business School and is distributed in association with the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP).