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First and Only (Digital Audiobook)

A Black Woman's Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life

By Jennifer R. Farmer, Machelle Williams (Narrator)

Publication Date: November 8, 2021

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (2/9/2021)


As Black women, we have to work twice as hard to be perceived as half as skilled. We have to work until August of this year to earn what a white man made by last December. We are besieged by racist and sexist bullying online. People feel free to touch and comment on our hair—and then ask us why we seem so angry.

First and Only is a guide for every woman who has found herself closing the cover on other leadership books that omit our true experiences and strengths. In this book, Jennifer R. Farmer helps listeners learn what is required for the long haul of liberation by providing a roadmap to on-the-job success, challenging systemic racism, and seeking inner healing through the power of faith. She offers practical strategies for Black women to thrive in workplaces that can be ambivalent about their success, as well as tips and stories from psychologists, activists, and organizational experts that equip Black women to lead others and heal past wounds.

The path for success for Black women includes a commitment to self-care, spiritual growth, and a willingness to push for progress. First and Only is not just about how to lean in, or how to discover the irrefutable laws of leadership. It's about how to heal so you can sustain work for justice and equity. It's about finding personal and social redemption—and leading others to find it too.

About the Author

Nina Turner is a motivational speaker, cable news commentator, and defining political icon. She is also a national cochair of the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, a former state senator from Ohio, and former professor of African American history.