Less than 24 hours after a flood of support for Planned Parenthood in support of women’s reproductive rights, social media users have jumped on the #BlackWomenAtWork hashtag, highlighting one of the most important issues in America today.
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly sparked some major controversy on Tuesday, when he made a scathing “quip” in regards to congresswoman Maxine Waters’ hair.
“I didn’t hear a word she said,” O’Reilly said referring to California representative’s anti-Trump speech, “I was looking at the James Brown wig.”
O’Reilly’s insensitive comment caused a torrent of backlash that’s been circulating social media.
#BlackWomenAtWork was started by Brittany Packnett, activist and educator.
This happens to black women everyday at work.
Share your Maxine and April moments, so people don't think this is rare. Use #BlackWomenAtWork
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) March 28, 2017
O’Reilly’s comments weren’t the only thing that set off use of hashtags. According to the Huffington Post White House press secretary and Sean Spicer publicly chastised a journalist for “shaking her head” in the midst of a press briefing.
In a separate interview with the Huffington Post, Packnett shares a full scope of her feelings on the hashtag use.
“I’m surrounded everyday by brilliant, confident, incredible black professional women who get demeaned despite their prowess. Today, I was over it. I have deep an abiding respect for Congresswoman Waters and Ms. Ryan who are both trailblazers in their fields. They are to be respected, just like every other black woman who rises each day to contribute to this society in ways that are all-too-often taken for granted.”
The daily struggle of being an African-American female in the work force is a powerful abstraction from America’s past and current white-male patriarchy that dominates our society.
Them: I'm looking for a member of management.
Me: That would be me.
Them: Oh! (blank stare) #blackwomenatwork
— MarQuisia (@iPlaysoPretty) March 30, 2017
My education, work history, experience, preparation, and efficiency disregarded and minimized all day everyday. #BlackWomenAtWork
— Alisa Bailey (@HappiestNappy) March 29, 2017
Me: *files sexual harassment report*
HR: He says 'he doesn't find himself attracted' to black women. So are you sure?" #BlackWomenAtWork
— shanise (@shnsbrn) March 29, 2017
When you're expected to water yourself down just to make others comfortable and when you don't you are called arrogant.#BlackWomenAtWork
— Crystal Campbell (@MIMI_Maserati) March 29, 2017
The issues that have been publicized over the past week are two smaller issues part of a much larger problem.
Join the movement and share your stories by using the #BlackWomenAtWork hashtag today.
I am a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated, and I'm not going anywhere. #BlackWomenAtWork
— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) March 29, 2017