Shared Sisterhood: How to Take Collective Action for Racial and Gender Equity at Work

Shared Sisterhood: How to Take Collective Action for Racial and Gender Equity at Work

Shared Sisterhood: How to Take Collective Action for Racial and Gender Equity at Work

Shared Sisterhood: How to Take Collective Action for Racial and Gender Equity at Work


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Gender equity can't happen without racial equity. We need Shared Sisterhood.

Bias persists in organizations and society. Despite efforts that have been made in the last few decades, gender and racioethnic equity still hasn’t been achieved. What's worse, Black, Indigenous, Asian, and Latina women are being held back more than their White counterparts.

We need to change how we strive for equity. We must move beyond individual solutions toward collective action, where people from historically power-dominant and marginalized groups work together, so that all women experience the benefits of professional growth and equity. We need Shared Sisterhood, and anyone, regardless of gender, can join in.

Professor Tina Opie first started Shared Sisterhood as a movement to drive gender and racial equity in organizations. Since then, she and professor Beth A. Livingston have worked together to spread the word to leaders across organizations, with thousands of followers joining the cause. In this book, they explain how to use vulnerability, trust, empathy, and risk-taking to build Shared Sisterhood and break down three key parts of the process:

  1. Dig into your own assumptions around racioethnicity, gender, and power
  2. Bridge the divide between women of all backgrounds through authentic relationships
  3. Advance all women across the organization and beyond

Balancing a mix of history, research, and real-life examples—including the authors' own experiences—this book encourages everyone to join Shared Sisterhood and advance equity for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647822835
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 10/11/2022
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 686,054
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Tina Opie, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Management at Babson College and an award-winning teacher, researcher, and consultant. She is a sought-after speaker and has advised large firms in the financial services, entertainment, media, beauty, educational, and health-care industries. Her research has appeared in such outlets as O Magazine, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and Harvard Business Review and has been published in multiple academic journals.

Beth A. Livingston, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Management and Entrepreneurship at the Universityof Iowa's Tippie College of Business. She is a researcher, speaker, and consultant, working with companies and nonprofits such as Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, HNI, John Deere, and Hollaback! Her research has been highlighted in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and on NPR and has been published in several top academic journals.

Connect with Tina Opie at and Beth A. Livingston at

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Shared Sisterhood to Dismantle Inequities 1

2 Sisterhood across Different Levels 23

3 Digging into Dig 43

4 Bridging across Differences 67

5 Collective Action 105

6 Roadblocks to Shared Sisterhood 127

7 Calls to Action 157

Notes 177

Index 195

Acknowledgments 205

About the Authors 209

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