KEY THEME:

JOB BENEFITS + OPPORTUNITY

Black women shared stories of closed pathways for growth, lack of access to job benefits, and discovering they were paid significantly less than their counterparts. 

76%

 

of respondents said they have been paid less than coworkers in a similar position

74%

 

of respondents said they felt they had been passed over for a job or promotion they were qualified for

Coworker paid more
Being left out of important meetings and
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KEY THEME:

HIGHER STANDARDS, LESS SUPPOT

Black women reported being subjected to exceptionally high standards, while simultaneously fighting off efforts to undercut their success.

Black women are subjected to discipline at alarming rates. For them, a mistake that may be minor for someone else could be fatal.

Many professional Black women shared that they felt a need to be perfect at all times — as they are not the recipients of grace in the workplace.

65%

 

of respondents have been excluded from important meetings

Being left out of important meetings and
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Black women are very cognizant of how they are perceived. Many shared that they work very hard to come off as warm and welcoming, the opposite of stereotypes like "angry" or "bossy."

But for many, this attention to detail is not enough. Here, a participant discusses being subjected to discipline for issues around "attitude." 

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