ATLANTA, PRNewswire – Are white women supporting their black sisters in the fight for gender parity? The small percentage of African- Americans among women corporate officers (5.9 percent in one study) suggests the answer is no. High-ranking women of color in PINK’ Magazine’s January/February issue point out that white women are, in fact, afforded many of the same privileges as white males. “White women need to remember to honor the covenant between all women,” says Sandra Finley, president and CEO of The League of Black Women. “They need to stop saying, ‘That could happen to anybody.’ The reality is that what happens to black women is different.”
I’m all for a “covenant between all women”, but I don’t feel that most white women think that it’s their duty to help black women just as I don’t think black women feel a duty to help hispanic or asian women in business and vice versa. I think the corporate world is cut throat and people are mostly out for themselves…out of necessity. If we are going to build unity around our gender, we should chose another rallying point…Children, AIDS, Economic Equality…not the corporate rat race.