Another day, another list we’re excluded from, which inspires one of our own. Fast Company drew Black Twitter’s ire when they released a list of “25 of The Smartest Women of Twitter,” and not one woman of color made the cut.
The author, Ann Charles, described her selection process in the introduction, saying:
“We did not choose women based on number of followers or those listed as the ‘most powerful’ by other business publications. We made our selections without regard to big brand affiliation or title. Instead, we looked for women who were thought leaders and pioneers, and who continually advance groundbreaking ideas and provide surprising insights that can change perspectives.”
Surely, there are black women who are thought leaders and pioneers, and we don’t need Fast Company to tell us about them. The Huffington Post compiled an extensive list with such names as dream hampton, Michaela Angela Davis and Tai Beauchamp.
Twitter users also created a hashtag, #SmartBlackWomenOnTwitter, and many addressed Fast Company directly. They responded with the following tweet:
And they included a formal response today:
“There was some appropriate criticism about who was missing (“Spoiler alert: not one Black woman,” one Twitter user sharply, correctly noted). And we followed closely as the whole thing morphed into hashtags, including #SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter and #SmartLatinaWomenOfTwitter. You’ll find a treasure trove of big thinkers and innovators to follow there. We consider ourselves lucky to have an engaged audience who calls it like they see it (or don’t see it in this case).
We’re big believers in the idea that the future of business looks a lot less like Steve Ballmer and a lot more like Kelvin Doe, Yvonne Greenstreet, and Reshma Saujani. That idea is reflected in our annual lists, including Most Innovative Companies and Most Creative People. We squandered the opportunity to do the same with our initial Twitter list.”
No thanks – we already have a list of our own.