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Black women making history

In celebration of Black History Month, HERstory in Black shares the experiences of 150 women who excel in their field, who push for greater diversity and who help build vibrant communities.

Emily Mills initiated the project as an extension of How She Hustles, a network of more than 5,000 women from diverse backgrounds. In a series of photo shoots, based in Toronto, she brought together these women to showcase their lives and expertise. The initiative comes in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary as a country.

“HERstory in Black is intended to shine the light on black women – right here and right now,” Mills said. “I know how critical it is honour pioneers of the past, but also how important it is that we continue to tell new stories and hear different voices.”

The participants range from the first black woman to become an elected Law Society of Upper Canada bencher for the Toronto region, to a dedicated volunteer who works with several not-for-profits. They come from the arts, media, science, engineering, law and many other fields. These women live in the Greater Toronto Area and other parts of Ontario.

You can learn more about each participant by clicking on their photo below (headshots courtesy of Leilah Dhore) :

READ more about the 150 Black Women making Herstory HERE: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/multimedia/herstory-in-black-1.3988476http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/multimedia/herstory-in-black-1.3988476

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