Why imposter syndrome hits women and women of colour harder

Sheryl Nance-Nash BBC

Self-doubt and imposter syndrome permeate the workplace, but women, especially women of colour, are particularly likely to experience it. Why is this – and how can it be changed?

Although I haven’t worked in an office in more than 20 years, I still remember the feeling I used to have at my nine-to-five magazine job.

No matter how well I did, I always felt that I wasn’t good enough for the rarefied publishing world. I didn’t come from a pedigree; I just was a hard-working black woman.

I felt (and sometimes literally was) unacknowledged in the hallways, and my voice was hardly…

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