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Session 54: Shedding Your Superwoman Status

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a Licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

Have you heard about the Black Superwoman Complex? It’s the idea that Black women are invincible,  indestructible, and can save all the ills of the world in one fell swoop. Our guest for today’s episode shares why this is so damaging and exhausting for sisters and why we should do our best to opt out of this story. For this episode I am joined by Licensed Professional Counselor & Nationally Certified Counselor, Spirit. Spirit and I discussed the key characteristics of the Black Superwoman, how this construct was developed, how buying into this narrative impacts our mental health, and strategies for how you can gradually take that cape off. 

Today’s episode is sponsored by Bright Pink, a national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancers. To receive your personalized risk management plan, text PREVENT to 59277 or visit


Is the Strong Black Woman Stereotype Hurting Black Women


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