So close, but yet so far…
Black women have came so far, but they have been limited to how far they can go. Take for an example, a black woman. Where do you see her working? What is her social status? What is her annual income? Do you see someone you know or someone who has been stereotyped?
Did you picture Oprah Winfrey, arguably one of the most powerful people in the world, or do you picture a woman at the laundromat (like in The Pursuit of Happiness)? I do not expect everyone to see a women of low social status that is struggling to be successful, but I’m sure you know that this stereotypical image of Black women is still present in many American minds. These stereotypes are still those of hiring managers, C.E.O’s, potential business partners, and the American people.
The whole reason I am writing this blog is because I feel that black women, such as myself, are still not regarded as equals. When applying for employment I see the companies anti-discrimination policy and think about why this policy is always posted on applications. Is this policy actually saying that the company follows this policy, or does this statement automatically bring attention to the discrimination that is still present today?
The accomplishments of black women in the business field, however, bring these issues to light and dissprove many of them. To me, the accomplishments mean the most. The fact that Oprah is one of the most influential women in the world shows the potential of us all.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”