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Photo credit to Brian Stauffer, illustrated in Fortune

“Black women are at a disadvantage in trying to bridge the familiarity gap with white men in positions of power, because in the words of talent management research firm Catalyst, they are “double outsiders”: They’re neither white, nor men. As a result they’re often shut out from the informal networks that help other people find jobs, mentors, and sponsors.” Ellen McGirt, Fortune, October 1, 2017.

Climbing the Corporate ladder is a challenge for all women. For black women specifically, it is an additional battle that is often overlooked. I came across the article below which highlights the underlying reasons for the black ceiling faced by black women and features women striving to break that ceiling in Corporate America.

The Black Ceiling: Why African-American Women Aren’t Making It to the Top in Corporate America