Why CBC is featuring 150 black women in HERstory in Black

Emily Mills gathered 150 black women for a massive photo shoot in Toronto that not only captured the women but their "range of professions, life experiences and perspectives."

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Emily Mills gathered 150 black women for a massive photo shoot in Toronto that not only captured the women but their “range of professions, life experiences and perspectives.”

HERstory in Black is a digital photo series spearheaded by Mills, a senior communications officer at the CBC as well as the founder of How She Hustles, a network of 5,000 diverse women. Over the course of the week, CBC will profile several women who took part in the photo shoot online, on CBC Radio as well as on CBC News Network. You can also explore their stories in this interactive mosaic.

Mills said the contributions of black women in the Greater Toronto Area may not be widely visible and represented so she wanted to celebrate and reflect their stories in an eye-catching and impactful way.

“There are women in this city who may not have titles, who may not work at a corporation, who may not lead up an organization that is widely recognized, but yet they are incredible influencers,” she said.

“They are making things happen in the city that I see, but I’m not sure everyone else sees.”