Those Pesky Glass Ceilings

by: Minda Harts, CEO, The Memo

Unfortunately, it's easy to remember those situations that caused us so much trauma in our work lives.

I wrote about a situation in my book, where I was bullied, harassed, and pretty much left on the island to fend for myself. I had been macro- and micro- aggressed in ways I didn’t even know were possible at work. I began to think, where do the broken hearts go of women of color when we can’t take it anymore? When we have worked so hard to secure that dream job or salary, just to find out our new environment is less than equitable. It was a hard pill for me to swallow then in 2013; even now, in 2019, I still get choked up when I think about that time in my life.

Statistics tell us that a record number of women of color are starting businesses. As happy as I am for all those entrepreneurs (I'm one of them), I can’t help but wonder how many of our businesses started because a corporate or non-profit dream was deferred. How many of those women no longer wanted to survive in a workplace that wasn’t invested in their success. Recently, I wrote a piece for Linkedin’s Weekend Essay on how Glass Ceilings Are Not Created Equal. I feel as though women of color have done everything to check “their” boxes, and now it’s time to see more companies and organizations lean into advancing and recruiting us. At what point will those organizations be held accountable for the mass exodus of women of color leaving the workplace? In the essay, I included a few ways to dismantle the glass ceiling. Connect with us on Slack so we can add your suggestions to this list.

One last thing--we must continue to dismantle this ceiling for future generations of women of color! If we don’t do it, we will continue to see these workplace broken hearts, and we deserve to thrive and not just survive at work. We have come too far to lean out now.