Are Black Women Breaking Down Barriers In the Workplace?

 “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”  This powerful quote was shared by Viola Davis during her speech at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.  There are many perceived barriers for Women of Color in the workplace… especially for Black Women trying to successfully navigate to the C-Suite.  Unfortunately, there are obstacles beyond their control. The pipeline for Black Women in leadership roles is steadily decreasing.  Why is this happening? Has the perception of Black Women changed when it comes to seeking career advancement? Are Black Women proactively seeking growth opportunities?  How important is having a mentoring relationship for Black Women?

The Black Executive Leadership Survey (BWLS) research study was designed to gain insight into the disparities and marginalization of Black women in the workplace. The results of the research may better inform Black women of the perceived barriers faced by Black women and how to successfully navigate to the executive suite.



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This post was written by Tanya Ayscue, doctoral candidate at North Carolina A & T University.