Why A Black Woman With Harvard Credentials Is Still a Black Woman

September 21, 2021

by Areva Martin

Miami attorney Loreal Arscott was getting ready for work one morning when she hesitated. Scheduled to appear in court that day, she debated whether to put her hair into a bun to make her colleagues feel more comfortable. She was reminded of the comments she’d heard many times before as people compared her curly and straightened hairstyles. In addition, as a Black woman, she needed to worry constantly about her performance in court. Would she be seen as “too aggressive?” Would she do a disservice to her client because of her passion for her work?

Ms. Arscott’s experience offers the smallest glimpse into what professional Black women endure every day.

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