5 Ways Job Searching Is Harder For Black Women

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5 Ways Job Searching Is Harder For Black Women

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Tiffany Lashai Curtis via Fairygodboss

It’s been three years since I graduated college, with a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications. In 2015, I applied for about 30 jobs or so over the course of two months and landed my first “real” job as an academic library assistant, where I was both the youngest and one of the few Black employees.

In the time since, I have attended graduate school and dropped out, submitted countless job applications and gone on multiple interviews in an attempt to establish some sort of job longevity. All the while, I’ve accepted the fact that my job search was always going to be more difficult as a Black woman.

From birth, Black women are pressured to be doubly as good as their white counterparts, at everything that they do. And yet, Black women still receive less recognition and pay for their talents and hard work. A report from the the National Domestic Workers alliance,  “The Status of Black Women In The United States,” found that despite Black women having one of the highest labor force participation rates, their earnings lag behind most women’s and men’s. This, despite the fact that between 2004 and 2014, the share of Black women with a bachelor’s degree or higher increased by 23.9 percent — meaning that Black women have seen the second-largest improvement in the attainment of higher education in the past decade.

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