The hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork spotlights inequity in the workforce.
"I am a strong Black woman and I cannot be intimidated, I cannot be undermined," Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters said on MSNBC last night. "Don't allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people to intimidate or scare you. Be what you are, do what you do, and let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country."
Waters made her declaration after conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly said he wouldn't listen to her because of her hair.
“I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig,” O'Reilly said during a speech by Waters, who is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.
I'm 5 feet tall. 90 pounds. Former cheerleader. Told I was intimidating and off-putting by colleague on third day. #BlackWomenAtWork— Ms. M (@ToriJoi) March 28, 2017
The hashtag also gained traction online just 24 hours after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer lashed out at American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan after Ryan pointed out that the Trump administration has a "Russia problem" to deal with.
"No, we don't have that,” Spicer said. He cut Ryan off when she attempted to speak. “No, no. I get it. But I've said it from the day that I got here until whenever that there's not a connection. You've got Russia.”
He then chastised her for "shaking" her head, and continued to talk down to her.
Black women across the nation decided to stand in solidarity with the two women, and share candid stories of the struggles and inequities they face in the workforce.
Yes, this hashtag came along at the perfect time.
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