How Can Women in Accounting Manage Their Stress?



Have you ever heard of the Black Superwoman Syndrome?


Even if the phrase doesn’t ring a bell, odds are you’ve experienced it—especially as Black women in finance. Let’s take a second to review:


According to Dr. Cheryl L. Woods-Giscombe, a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Nursing, this syndrome is made up of five major behaviors:


  • Obligation to manifest strength

  • Obligation to suppress emotions

  • Resistance to being vulnerable or dependent

  • Determination to success despite significantly limited resources

  • An obligation to help others


This syndrome is incredibly common among Black women—but particularly among Black women in predominantly white-led workplaces. You know, like accounting, where less than 1% of CPAs in the U.S. are Black?