I consider myself a champion of women’s rights. A woman, who truly believes we can have it all. A prosperous work and family life without skipping a beat. A true juggler, who multitasks her way beyond glass ceilings predicated by a society, who chooses to hyper-sexualize our appearance, sweep generalize our complexity and minimize our talent. However, I need to speak on a long standing history of women, who have been undercut and underserved in workplaces and society as a whole – Black Women.
According to Corporate America is treating black women as invisible in Fortune magazine, 26% of Black women feel their contributions go unrecognized by their superiors. Black women do not like to cause waves,” make no noise” and work hard in the hopes of being eventually seen and recognized but much to their detriment but it stagnant their career. Only 5% of managerial positions are held by Black women. Black women lack support and mentors. Sponsors championing their cause, if you will.
Let me share a true story of anonymity with you. A black woman, who is advanced degreed. A story of a hardworker, who is the face of an organization because it serves the community where she grew up has been passed over dozens of times for promotions in title and pay as her job responsibilities grew. She is assured every time she tries to stand up for herself that she’s a value employee. They use her face and story to gain state funding and national recognition. A woman who has stayed for so long because she truly believes in the cause and is hoping her organization would come around but no they haven’t as she has watched her white female coworkers of lesser degree and experience move up through the ranks. The Fortune article might be dated 2015 but many of the stories I hear as a diversity Wall Street recruiter and career coach sound much like the one I just told present day 2018.
Black women are still the most educated group in the US while still earning sixty three cents on the dollar to white. Black women make up only 2.2% of board seats of Fortune 500 companies.There are currently zero black female CEOs. According to catalyst.org, Black women make 7.8% of employees, 3.8% of first/mid level managers and 1.3% of executive employees. Black women make up 17.8% of the low wage workforce. There is a problem with the numbers which further proves Black women are experiencing workplace inadequacy and invisibility. They are underserved and not recognized for their contributions.
Companies really need to take a long hard look at their employee practices and place value on the contributions made by all their employees. Corrupted workplaces and low company morale spread like disease. You can not ignore or mistreat key parts of your organization and expect growth, profitability or innovation. It’s time hardworking Black women get their workplace due and my hats off to anonymity, who continues to weather the storm hoping the tides will turn.
I offer optimism for Black women to seize your worth and brave the new jobseeking storm to find work that recognizes and values you too. Or, take the entrepreneurial road less traveled (like myself) and use your talent to start a business. Being a business owner truly has its ups and downs but remains rewarding in the end.
I am president and owner of A. Solomon Recruits, a 100% minority, woman search boutique that places diverse candidates in the Finance and Fintech spaces. Also, a career coach and blogger. I am a career catalyst and a true champion for diversify Wall Street initiatives and gender equity. I offer game changing, disruptive insight on all things applicable to recruiting, inclusion and career tips. If you like my writings and would like to continue reading then like, comment and follow me: https://www.facebook.com/Cocktails-Career-Talk-534763273361609/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CocktailsCTalk