Business Woman of the Month

Meet Dr. Ashley Farmer our November Business Woman of the Month! Recently, Ashley got candid with us and shared her journey in racial politics and struggles for social justice! Check out more below!

 
 
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Meet Ashley Nicole farmer

My name is Ashley Nicole Farmer and I am a historian of black women's history, intellectual history, and radical politics. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. My book, Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era is the first comprehensive study of black women's intellectual production and activism in the Black Power era.  I am also the co-editor of New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (NUP Press, 2018). My scholarship has appeared in numerous venues including The Black Scholar and The Journal of African American History. My research has also been featured in several popular outlets including Vibe, NPR, CSPAN, and The Chronicle Review.


What An Accomplishment It Must Be To Be A Published Author. Tell Us More About Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era?

Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transforms an Era, reveals how black women activists reimagined black womanhood, challenged sexism, and redefined the meaning of race, gender, and identity in American life. The book makes use of a vast and untapped array of black women's artwork, political cartoons, manifestos, and political essays that they produced as members of groups such as the Black Panther Party and the Congress of African People. It can be purchased on Amazon and University of North Carolina Press Link.

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In The Book We’re Reading This Month, The Main Character Was Thrown Into a Life of Activism Unexpectedly. What Prompted You to Enter Into a Career In Black Women’s History and Politics?

I grew up in a house in which my parents always taught me about black history. So I was always interested in it. However, I chose to be a professional historian because I love history, I love sharing black history with young people, and I think teaching black history is an important part of combating racism in our schools and in all children's minds.

 

If You Could Give Other Black Women Embarking On Their Career Journeys What Would It Be?

I would suggest that young black women embarking on their careers be open to a diversity of opportunities even if they don't always "fit" with their career trajectory or path at that point. I would also remind them that career trajectories are often not linear, but that people move in unexpected ways in the process of finding their passion. They should embrace these detours!