What Part of Me Don’t You Like?

three women silhoutteI recently had a conversation with a friend and colleague in the Organization Development field about bias and discrimination I’ve experienced as a female.  As I began to give examples of times when I have felt discriminated against, I realized that I never know what part of me people don’t like.  I consider myself a triple threat, black, female and young.  In a professional environment, any one of these elements can cause people to feel threatened.  As the conversation continued, it occurred to me that throughout my career and my personal life I never really feel like I’m being discriminated against because of my gender.  I always assume it’s due to my age or race. Now I really do wonder, which part of who I am today is more threatening, my age, gender or race?

What are your thoughts?

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