Essence Magazine released survey findings a few days ago spawned much discussion in social media around the hashtag #BlackWomenatWork. Some of us who have been immersed in workplace and career issues for diverse audiences for years weren’t surprised by any of the survey results. We are just thrilled that Essence Magazine had the courage to do the survey and launch the results.
Hopefully, these results will just help us to arm our daughters, sisters, wives and friends with more knowledge about how to be authentic at work. Results show the #BlackWomenatWork who demonstrate their more authentic selves, could be more successful. Still much to debate what that even means. (;>
Black Women at Work Survey Results
-80 % of Black women surveyed felt they needed to make adjustments to their personalities to succeed at work. (If you have ever been accused of being the angry black woman because you stood up for yourself, you know what this means).
-50 % of Black female Millennials, 42 % of Gen Xers and 30 % of Baby Boomers strive to be seen as the “Acculturated Girl Next Door,” a professional who is unthreatening and willing to conform.
-39% of Black female executives said that they want to be known as “Inspiring Stars,” women who are risk takers and who openly share the traits that differentiate them from others.