By: Krystle Crossman
It is no secret that discrimination against women happens in the workplace every day. However what about when the women are black women? How much more discrimination do they face when going for higher positions? It turns out that black women are grossly ignored at work. They are especially ignored when it comes to getting a promotion even if they are the most qualified for the job. Many black women with college degrees still feel that they are overlooked all too often even though they meet and sometimes exceed the qualifications of the jobs that they are looking for.
Research from the Harvard Business Review found that black women who were graduates of Harvard found that in the workplace they are overlooked far too often for promotions. Black women apply for promotions more than white women do however 46% of the black women that go for a higher job feel like they are pushed out of the ring before their applications are even looked at. Many feel that when they are in important meetings or strategizing on a project for the company that their ideas are not taken seriously, even if they are really good ideas.
The research from the HBR study also found that 44% of black women feel that their careers are stalling because they cannot get promotions as easily. One woman, Karla Martin, who is now the Director of Global Strategy for Google stated that she used to work for a consulting firm when she was younger. While she was at this firm she helped on a large project and had to hand-lead a man on her team to a solution to cut costs and save millions of dollars. Did she get recognition for it? No. The man that she had to spoon-feed the answers too ended up getting promoted over her and no credit was given to her at all. This happens all too often.
Many black women are strong and confident. They are natural leaders. The senior vice dean of Columbia Business School says that these statistics are concerning because the qualifications of the women that are being turned down for higher power jobs combined with the stereotypes of black women being powerful and intense should work in their favor and yet they are still getting passed over.