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Black Women in Tech: The Ugly Truth

Black Women in Tech: The Ugly Truth

If you’ve watched the movie, Hidden Figures, you’ll understand the underestimated capabilities of Black women despite their intelligence and ability to make heads spin. According to the 2016 U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,  3% of Black women make up for professional, management, and executive jobs in Silicon Valley Tech firms. The statistics are frustrating but not surprising. Diversity problems are the cause of double-standards when it comes to the women of color in the tech world.

 

These numbers are painting an unsatisfying image, but today, more Black women are hustling to cross the hurdles and become the world leaders.

 

It’s no question that White and Asian men dominate tech firms. The fact that women of color have to work four times harder to get recognized as compared to the other races goes denied.

 

A hurdle that most tech companies face is promoting their diverse lineups, but what an irony when they don’t give chances to various women at their workplace!

 

 

The stigma of the tech world is that if white-male counterparts get hired if they meet one job requirement out of 50, where if a Black woman stands rejected if she doesn’t fit 2 out of 50 job requirements.

 

 

Networking is essential to have more women of color in the tech pipeline. Because let’s accept, the numbers are less and women of color need to lift each other as they begin to rise. We have researched and found some tips to survive and conquer the tech world as a woman of color, so, let’s see what we have in the house for you!

 

 

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The number of Black Women in the tech industry is less, but some great names are working at the top. However, they have let their power ruin their personality. So, as a Black Woman, stand with your fellows, create mutual respect boundaries  and help each other because only a good woman fixes the crooked crown of a woman without telling the world.

 

 

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If the unbiased principles at your workplace haunt you, go to therapy. Believe us. You will need to keep your cool if you want to prove yourself in the diversified industry of technology.

 

 

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You need to invest the success in others to become a tree that gives a shadow. You are in the right place, good for you but you must know that as a race of black, you need to stand with your women!
Remember that as a Black woman, you are the most intelligent, but the ‘Chads’ will try to put you in a box, don’t let them and break the hurdles!

 

 

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Chelse Brown is the founder and editor-in-chief of Chatting With Chelse.

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