Another Brief History of Black Women in Finance

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Happy Black History Month!

Especially after the last year we’ve all had, it’s important to take time to celebrate those who came before us, those who are here now, and those who will lead future generations to come. Cue Kamala’s “we did it” meme.

But, it can be difficult to stay optimistic as Black women in finance when the industry has been so slow to progress in the way of racial and gender diversity and inclusivity. The National Society of Black Certified Public Accountants has made it widely known that less than 1% of CPAs in the United States are Black. On their site, they even include a short disclaimer that the number seems to oscillate among surveys, with some reporting that the percentage is less than 1%, while others posit that it's closer to a little less than 3%.

Whether the number is less than 1% or less than 3% is irrelevant; it’s still shockingly low.

Digging even further, there don’t even seem to be numbers available for the percentage of CPAs who are Black women.

With such a lack of inclusivity and access to this industry, it’s been an uphill battle to secure a career and grow within the field.

But guess what: Black women in accounting are here. And they always have been.

Maggie Lena Walker