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Black History Month 2023 – Saluting Our Sisters

Black History Month 2023 – Saluting Our Sisters
25 October 2023

To mark the “Saluting Our Sisters” theme of this year’s Black History Month, ThisWeekinFM has collated perspectives from black women to highlight their crucial role in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities.


What is the Point of Black History Month?


Georgia Thompson, Chartered Civil Engineer and Constructability Engineer with Costain and Top 50 Woman in Engineering 2022 finalist, wrote on LinkedIn: “As a black person I wish we didn't need to have black history month but it has never been more crucial than when it started back in 1987.”

Her account describes the harmful role the media play in erasing Black British history and perpetuating racist tropes, and the limitations of seeing black people as a homogeneous group.

Read the full story on LinkedIn and find out more about Georgia’s work here:


Interview with Andie-Michelle Donaldson, Head of Soft Services at The Hurlingham Club


Krishnan Doyle, Managing Director at Core Recruitment, spoke to Andie-Michelle Donaldson, Head of Soft Services at The Hurlingham Club, to hear about her career history, her role models and her calls for more mentorship in the FM industry.

You can read the full interview here.


Why We Need to” Salute Our Sisters”


Professor Dr. Funke Abimbola MBE, C-suite Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader and Partner at Korn Ferry shared her perspectives on black women who have had their contributions unrecognised in the mainstream, including Phillis Wheatley, Mary Seacole and Kathleen Wrasama. 

You can read the full piece on LinkedIn here and discover more about Professor Dr. Funke Abimbola’s work here.


Black Women in Tech


Author, education consultant and 2022 TechWomen100 Award winner Beverly Clarke wrote about the underrepresentation of black women in STEM, highlighting that current statistics show that black women make up 0.7 per cent of IT professionals. 

Read her article here and find out more about Beverly at:

Visit to learn more about Black History Month.

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Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 25 October 2023


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