Women from all areas of expertise and walks of life are gathering in New Orleans for V to the Tenth, an event marking the 10-year anniversary of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women. Dr. Robin talks with two well-known women taking part in the event: Kimberlé Crenshaw, a law professor and co-founder of the African American Policy Forum, and financial expert Suze Orman.
Kimberlé's work as a lawyer focuses primarily on the areas of race and gender. She says one of the most common problems she comes across is the reluctance of black women to talk publicly about abuse in their communities. "Our problem is we are uncomfortable talking about the kind of black-on-black violence that happens in our homes," she says. "We think it reinforces stereotypes. We think it makes us, as a community, appear to be more violent—so we are ashamed of it." Kimberlé says she hopes abuse and rape in the African-American community will someday no longer be seen as dirty laundry that should not be aired. Instead, she hopes victims and their families will come forward to stop the violence and help women heal.
Dr. Robin also talks with Suze Orman about her journey to success, from growing up in a low-income family, to being a waitress for many years and making bad financial choices, to eventually making her dreams come true as an author, financial expert and speaker. Suze says every impoverished woman in this country can rise above her situation and seek out her true passion. "When you don't have money, you can't mask reality—you have to deal with the truth of who you are," she says. "When you don't have anything, then you have the world of possibilities in front of you with nothing to lose."
While Suze says she came from nothing and became something, she almost lost it all by living beyond her means, a lesson she says all women can learn from. "Lies destroyed my life," she says. "The truth created what you see today."
Printed from Oprah.com on Friday, December 6, 2013