Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Black Business Women Vs. Black Business Women

I find it very interesting and disturbing that African American women are starting successful small businesses at a faster rate than most other demographics, but have the least amount of representation in corporate boardrooms.

Author and radio show host Wendy Johnson's comments, "Have you ever seen a biography or a feature article about a black woman who leads a major corporation? My guess is that you probably haven't, because besides Oprah, who created her own dynasty, do any come readily to mind? Despite the progress of the last 50 years, capable black women continue to be hampered in their career paths."

Johnson's new book, Missing in Action: Black Women in the Boardroom (endorsed by Dr. Cornel West), examines the historical and other influences that have hindered the advancement of black women. The perceptions of a broad cross section of professionals in a variety of organizational settings are examined, and from research and personal experience, Johnson analyzes the factors that continue to prevent black women from rising to the top. The book also offers practical advice to black women who want to break the glass ceiling.

To learn more about Johnson or to purchase her book online, visit

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure that black folk running major corporations is a big issue, at least for me. I'm more concerned with black business owners to be able to grow and network the businesses that they own.

    I don't agree with the continuation of the 'integration' civil rights strategy in an economic sphere.