Twitter Creates A New Hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork, Here's Why It's So Important To Us As Women

Controversy struck when Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly and White House press secretary Sean Spicer made inappropriate and unprofessional comments. Both men were blatantly disrespectful towards two prominent and successful African-American women and those statements ignited a viral social media reaction.

In O’Reilly’s case, he stated he couldn’t focus on a word Rep. Maxine Waters said in a clip shown on Fox & Friends because he was distracted by her “James Brown wig.” He later apologized, claiming it was a “dumb” joke and that he respected Waters for her sincere beliefs.

In addition, Spicer took issue with the questions of American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan during a news conference at the White House. He accused her of having a biased agenda and at one point told Ryan to “stop shaking [her] head.”

The treatment of Waters and Ryan was familiar for many black women in the U.S. who’s personally experienced being dismissed, disrespected and marginalized (whether subtly or with outright racism) in professional situations. Many people have posted on Twitter sharing their input:

As devastating as these men’s comments may be, this is a learning moment for America and the workforce. As the #BlackWomenAtWork began to trend with people sharing their encounters, it’s clear that ignorance and unnecessary comments will be called out and dealt with. If you’re feeling brave, share you #BlackWomenAtWork moment and continue the trend to stop inequality at the workplace.