As a woman of color, you will face certain difficulties in corporate America that men who share your ethnicity will not experience. Although there is no doubt that men of color suffer their fair share of racial discrimination at work, they also share one key indicator of power with those in charge: maleness. This maleness allows men of color to be more accepted in corporate leadership roles than women of color.
This chapter does not intend to minimize the difficult and demoralizing experiences that men of color experience in corporate America. Instead, its purpose is to examine how the additive factor of gender impacts corporate women of color when contrasted with their male counterparts.