Black Progress amongst the NEW era of African American Women. Are Black women’s contributions going unrecognized?

In 2013, reports stated negative imagery of black women appears twice as often as positive depictions. These stereotypes of — gold-diggers, hyper sexual Jezebels and angry black women — have saturated through public media and deception. In entertainment, black roles are more often limited to one-dimensional stereotypes or eliminated from the picture altogether.

2014 was definitely one of those “best of times, worst of times” scenarios for African American Women.

Why is that when we read articles about African American women in the newspapers or see them on TV, it doesn’t truly represent the African American Woman, Cultures or Values. “We have a very reductive picture in the public consciousness.”

A new report has surfaced that has examined the issues facing black women in corporate America. Based on interviews and a survey of women professionals, the report found that while black, female professionals are more likely to seek top leadership roles, they are treated as virtually invisible.

copy of the document states, “African American women who are equipped to lead—whose qualifications, track record, drive, and dedication make them best candidates for leadership roles, but seemingly not in the sights of those who occupy it the roles.

Despite advances made by white women, black women’s advancement opportunities remain constrained in several ways:

Black women lack sponsors, powerful leaders who are their advocates inside the company. Shockingly, a mere 11% of women of color win the support and sponsorship of senior leaders in their companies. Senior leaders tend to sponsor people whom they trust — often people who look like themselves.

The report says, Black women are likely to “put their heads down” and “make no noise,” believing that hard work alone will pay off. That can exacerbate black women’s lack of sponsorship. In fact, only about 5% of managerial and professional positions are held by African-American women.

A psychology professor who studies stereotypes, examined how people’s brains are biased to ignore black women. When many think about “black executives,” they visualize black men. When they think about “female executives,” they visualize white women. Because black women are not seen as typical of the categories “black” or “woman,” people’s brains fail to include them in both categories. Black women suffer from a “now you see them now you don’t” effect in the workplace. (Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Fortune.com / Ariel Cheung, USA TODAY.com)

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