Where's the Diversity? The Flipside of the "Working Mother Most Powerful Moms in Social Media" Listjusticefergie
Yesterday, I wrote this post complimenting Working Mother for going beyond the obvious choices and recognizing well-deserving working moms in social media. What I didn’t mention was how sorely lacking in ethnic diversity the list was. At first, I didn’t notice. It was other mom bloggers (of various backgrounds) in the space that pointed it out – almost immediately. I even got an email from a respected blogger suggesting that Blogalicious announce its own list of the most powerful moms of color in social media.
I decided against it.
First of all, I cannot stand drama. I just don’t have the stomach (or time) for it! Turning the positive glow of Working Mother‘s list into a battle of “this” list against “that” list just isn’t my style – nor would it have been effective in doing anything but stir up controversy, taking away from the great recognition that the moms on the list received. Second of all, it would have completely missed the point of the underlying issue: there should be no need for a separate list – the point is that all lists should be culturally diverse.
That night the conversation took to Twitter (no surprise there).
Apparently Working Mother caught wind of the displeasure and suggested that they were looking into creating their own Most Powerful Moms of Color in Social Media list.
In my opinion, that would be a huge #FAIL on their part. As was said on Twitter, “separate but equal is no longer cool.” And the fact of the matter is, it would be insulting and do more harm than good in my humble opinion. We should be striving to be inclusive organically, and not as an afterthought (or to avoid potential bad press).
And really, the Working Mother list isn’t the only list that missed the boat on diversity – there are nameless others that have as well. (At least one other person who left me a comment yesterday agrees):
There’s still a lot of work to be done…examples like the Working Mother list are the very reason my co-founders and I started Blogalicious. But, instead of whining about it or kicking up dust – no matter what our ethnic background – we can continue to hone our crafts, lift each other up, and give kudos to one other as we already do – lists be damned.