It’s pretty tough being a woman in this world. Even Beyonce told yall, “we’re strong enough to bare the children, then get back to business.” But for some reason, that’s not enough to convince a patriarchal society that our needs matter. So imagine what it’s like to be a Black woman — especially in the workplace.
Did you know that in 2018, Black women have to work 20 months just to match what a white man makes in 12?! Clearly, many factors contribute to the ridiculous wage gap. According to the National Women’s Law Center, this gap can begin to widen over the course of a black woman’s career, causing her to lose nearly $870,000 in potential earnings to the wage gap.
That’s not all. According to Fast Company: Over a 40-year career, black women make $946,120 less than white men. That loss of potential revenue has ripple effects, too, especially considering the fact that 80% of black women are their families’ primary or sole breadwinner.
It’s not solely about money though, it’s about control. And it’s not just happening in corporate America. It’s happening in Hollywood, too! Gabrielle Union caught lots of flack when she spoke out about how she was fired at America’s Got Talent because her hairstyles were “too Black”.
We still have so far to go in the country that sometimes it can be discouraging. Check out the gallery below of the many ways Black women are discriminated against in the workplace.
The Internet Highlights Discrimination Black Women Face In The Office With #BlackWomenAtWork
1. Jurnee Smollett chimed in on black women at work in Hollywood.
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Me: hey I really loved this script..is that role open?— jurnee smollett (@jurneesmollett) March 29, 2017
Them: Oh, we aren't will to "go ethnic" on that role #BlackWomenAtWork in Hollywood
2. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood knows all about the trending topic.
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Pulling into my own reserved parking space and being told by a random WW that cleaning people can't park there. #BlackWomenAtWork— Gina Prince-Bythewood (@GPBmadeit) March 28, 2017
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I'm always aware of how my hair, demeanor, voice/tone, clothes, etc. are perceived by others in the workplace. #BlackWomenAtWork— Latoya. (@ljamestorrance) March 29, 2017
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5. (Not so) micro-aggression.
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*Dad sends gift to office.— Razz (@SweetRazzberrie) March 28, 2017
Boss: "I didn't know you had a dad!" #BlackWomenAtWork
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I was told at that awful job from the first story to wear slacks not pencil skirts because I was "shapely" #BlackWomenatWork— micia (@DeMiciaValon) March 28, 2017
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#BlackWomenAtWork Asian man judge told me in court I "obviously had too much time on my hands because I have time to keep changing my hair"— Poor But Privileged (@luvthispayne) March 28, 2017
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#BlackWomenAtWork Called aggressive because I didn't feel like smiling that day.— Mizz P. (@mizzpnyc) March 29, 2017
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True Women’s History: The Many Discriminations Black Women Face In The Workplace was originally published on globalgrind.com