Tyler Gallagher, CEO and Founder of Regal Assets, interviews Areva Martin.
*The Leimert Park Village Book Fair (LPVBF) is excited to announce civil rights attorney and media personality Areva Martin as its 2021 book fair ambassador. Martin is the author of Awakening: Ladies, Leadership, and Lies We’ve Been Told.
As women, we’ve been encouraged to proudly and boldly take our seat at the table. But what happens when the door is locked, and we can’t enter the room with the table? What does it say when women take a seat at the table but aren’t given the chance to own that table? What does this say about women? And what does it say about our value? It says that it’s up to us, as women, to redefine it.
Women have demonstrated we are willing to do the work, to log the long hours, to make the sacrifices—but you can’t lean into a door that’s barred shut. The system has to change.
Miami attorney Loreal Arscott was getting ready for work one morning when she hesitated. Scheduled to appear in court that day, she debated whether to put her hair into a bun to make her colleagues feel more comfortable. She was reminded of the comments she’d heard many times before as people compared her curly and straightened hairstyles. In addition, as a Black woman, she needed to worry constantly about her performance in court. Would she be seen as “too aggressive?” Would she do a disservice to her client because of her passion for her work?