Even Oprah still experiences workplace sexism

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Even Oprah still experiences workplace sexism
Fri, 08-09-2013 - 3:27pm

This story is making all kinds of headlines b/c of the way a Zurich store clerk treated Oprah (obiviously not realizing it was OPRAH!):

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2387630/Boutique-owner-apologizes-Oprah-Winfrey-racist-shop-assistant-refused-let-look-handbag-expensive.html

In addition to the racism she experienced in that store, Oprah also discussed how she has experienced sexism in the workplace:

"It shows up for me this way, it shows up that sometimes I'm in a board room or I'm in certain situations where I'm the only woman, or I'm the only African American person within a 100 mile radius, and I can see in the energy of the people there, they don't sense that I should be holding one of those seats. 'I can sense that. I can never tell is it racism or is it sexism, because often it's both.

'The sexism thing is huge. The higher the ladder you climb, it gets huge.'

I love how she explains it as an "energy". Before I started my home daycare, I was in the corporate world and I could absolutely feel that same "vibe".

Can anyone else relate? Do you agree that the higher ladder you climb, the huger role sexism and/or racism plays?