You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism

May 20, 2024

12-2 p.m.

Reed Smith

This event will focus on the findings of Dr. Melaku’s book, You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism. Dr. Melaku will begin by contextualizing the current discourse on Black professionals in organizations, as well as her initial inquiry which drove the research, “why are there still so few Black women in leadership positions?” She will demonstrate the intersectional approach to the research by highlighting the theoretical concepts developed (the invisible labor clause and the inclusion tax) and how that speaks to the experiences of marginalized groups and subsequent attrition rates. Dr. Melaku will address specific findings that speak to the experiences of women and racially subordinated groups through the narrative experiences of Black women. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Melaku and will leave empowered with tools on how to successfully navigate their workplaces.


First 25 registrants will receive a free copy of Dr. Melaku’s book!

Tsedale M. Melaku, PhD. Bio
Tsedale M. Melaku is a Sociologist, Assistant Professor of Management at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College (CUNY), and author of You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism, which reflects the emphasis of her scholarly interests on race, gender, class, workplace inequities, intersectionality, and organizations. Dr. Melaku’s work has been featured in various outlets, including the Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Law, The Boston Globe, and Fortune, as well as peer-reviewed journals. Her interdisciplinary research on women in the workplace unites three strands of significant sociological and management inquiry: diversity in the workplace, women in leadership positions, and the impact of systemic racism on advancement opportunities. Dr. Melaku recently published a co-edited book, Handbook on Workplace Diversity and Stratification. Follow her on X, LinkedIn, and visit her website.