Being a black woman is definitely a unique experience and the only people who can truly relate to the experience are other black women. From low pay to high domestic violence rates, the black female experience is more likely to be wrought with difficulty than any other demographic.
That being said, these things don’t have to stop you from living your best life and they’re only one side of the black female experience. From our coily, vivacious natural hair and gorgeous sun-kissed skin, to the strength of black female friendship, black womanhood can be joyous and beautiful and awe-inspiring. Here are some truths about being a black woman to keep in mind as you navigate through your daily life.
1. We Can Reach The Top (And We Deserve Acknowledgement When We Do)
Black women make only sixty-six cents to the white man’s dollar and receive fifteen percent less pay than white women. This isn’t something that should discourage us, but instead motivate us to make improvements in the way we demand to be treated. For one, being upfront about your salary with coworkers and refusing to settle for low pay is one way to keep from being taken advantage of and reach the top without burning out. Even if you’re a freelancer, don’t settle for clients who are unwilling to meet your rates. Allow yourself to be confident in all settings, accept compliments and enjoy your life to the fullest.