10 Leaders Who Redefine Leadership
Ynanna Djehuty | United States
“Leadership can be tender, loving, and compassionate. My leadership demands the collective to hold and own the power.”
Ynanna Djehuty always knew she was meant to help women heal, but first she had to heal herself. Listening to the quiet voice that has always pushed her to face her fears, she recognized the wisdom of her childhood self who wanted to grow up to be a doctor, mother, or teacher. “Leaping has been scary because of all the messages we receive that we cannot do it,” she says.
Today, Ynanna is leading a revolution of healing and empowerment as a writer, certified birth doula, and midwife in training. An Afro-Dominicana woman born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she is transforming the lives of women in her community. When she began learning about how Afro-descendant women were experiencing birth and health in the US, she was alarmed at the neglect they were experiencing. She believes women, and especially Afro-descendant women, have been made to be afraid of their power. Her decision to become a midwife was a calling to serve her community at large and to help women reclaim their power.
As a reproductive health activist, Ynanna raises awareness about maternal and infant health, specifically highlighting disparities in the US healthcare system for women of color.
“I guess that’s what birth is like,” she writes, “You have to trust yourself to know that you will make it to the other side.”
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