Our Counterstories: Personal Stories
We welcome you to read "our counterstories." Each silhouette represents testimonies of Black women who have experienced discrimination in the workplace. Anonymously, these women have shared their stories with the hopes that their experiences will encourage others to speak out about injustices.
Do you have a testimony to share? If so, send your story and how you coped with this experience to us at
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I felt like I didn't get the best out of a job experience because I wasn't afforded the same opportunities for growth and expression within the position as my white colleagues. I didn't fully realize the extent of how stunted my career was from that experience until much later, however I am trying my best to be more assertive in what I want/need from all future job experiences
I have been followed around a makeup store (one I won't name) while browsing the array of eyeshadows, lipsticks etc. Everywhere I turned there was a clerk watching my every move. When I experience a situation like this I will now ask if the clerk has a question for me etc. and/or I will leave the store and not go back. I want to feel comfortable in the places in which I shop.
At an internship experience I was not given substantive work due to race. I overcame this situation by proving that I could complete the work and do a good job.