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Women: How Do You Deal With Racial Discrimination And Gender Bias At Work?

Tell us your stories.

Racial discrimination and gender bias in the workplace are (sadly) still a *thing* for many women in the US, and both can negatively affect health.

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From microaggressions to not feeling valued or appreciated, these kinds of things can really add on to the stress of everyday life, affecting emotional and physical health. See: hypertension, anxiety, and depression.

So we were wondering: Have you, as a woman of color, experienced workplace discrimination or gender bias? How do you deal with it?

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Maybe you were stereotyped, received unfair treatment, or felt "othered" — set apart from colleagues because of an aspect of your identity. Perhaps it wasn't just racial discrimination or gender bias, but both of them.

Maybe a manager consistently failed to acknowledge your work, making you feel unappreciated, so you take time every day to think about all the people who do appreciate you.

#EverydaySexism I come up with decent idea in meeting - am ignored. Minutes later man expresses same idea - is congratulated on brilliance.

Maybe coworkers would make inappropriate comments, and now you know exactly how to respond to them.

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Did it make things awkward at first? Maybe. But it probably also got the job done.

Maybe people would say things about your appearance, so you started styling yourself differently just to have one less stressful thing to deal with every day.

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Even if it was only a temporary solution.

Or maybe you just smile and shrug off the BS in order to avoid fitting into certain stereotypes.

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So tell us: How do you cope with workplace discrimination and gender bias?

We'd like to hear about instances where you felt singled out or excluded because of your race, gender, or ethnicity. How did these experiences make you feel and how did they affect your emotional and physical wellbeing? (Perhaps you've lost too much sleep over this stuff.) And finally, how do you deal with discrimination and bias? Let us know in the comments or via the dropbox below, and feel free to get as detailed as possible.

Your response could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Health post.