It’s the attitude. It’s the sass. It’s the rebellion. It’s the neck snap. All of these stereotypes have led to the negative tropes of portrayals that Black women face. In the workplace we often face unseen challenges that lead to overwhelming levels of frustration. In a staff meeting we can be seen as rebellious if we speak our opinion which often is stated from pure facts or common sense. When speaking with new clients we may be reminded of how to speak or how to portray ourselves in order to result in landing a new client or contract.
These negative stereotypes can be linked to feelings of being overwhelmed, overworked and misunderstood in the workplace. Many may even find themselves questioning their own mental sanity, choice of profession and more. I had a particular situation in which the employer advised that I seek the employee assistance program. I was speechless. Why did speaking up, stating facts and going against the grain result in my need to seek professional help?
Throughout my professional journey I had to realize some key points in my life to debunk this myth while living on my own terms: