A nationally recognized head hunter contacted me multiple times after reviewing my resume. After a few calls, I agreed to meet with her to discuss my career options. When I arrived, we exchanged pleasantries, reviewed my work history and discussed the trajectory of my career in the technology industry. And then she said it. “You look great from the neck down.” I WAS STUNNED. She continued with statements like “you are great on paper,” You are super polished,” and the infamous “You’re so articulate.” She went on to explain that because of my hair (which I wear in LOCS) she would not be able to send me on interviews at any of the firms on Wall Street. “No one will hire you, you should wear a wig, a cute short style like Halle Berry.”
I declined her suggestion to wear a wig and she persisted and persisted. I informed her that regardless of my hairstyle I could easily secure any position she had on her list. She begged me and I declined. In the end, she sent me on the interviews and I secured ALL of the high-profile, high-paying jobs offered to me WITHOUT wearing a wig. I declined each offer. I refused to allow her and her company to profit - get a commission, notoriety, referrals, etc. - from dehumanizing me and the countless others who sought her professional expertise.
Although I am proud of my stance, she continues to have a lucrative career. — http://sojourner4truth.tumblr.com/