Things got very personal in 2007, when four friends who worked in the entertainment business were offended by the portrayal of women in media and racist and sexist comments made by a shock jock towards an all-Black Rutgers University women’s basketball team. Together, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Kristi Henderson, Lauren Lake & Sabrina Thompson realized they were uniquely positioned to effect change from the inside out of such a male-dominated industry.
There was no platform for women of color to educate, empower and support each other professionally and personally, so they put their frustration into action and created the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN). Over the last decade, WEEN has impacted over 80,000 young women through leadership development and career placement programs and shifted the narrative of women of color in media, business and the community-at-large.
Plain and simple, WEEN creates the blueprint for women of color to spark change, shape history, take what is theirs and rule like QWEENS.