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Author discusses structural barriers facing Black women in professional settings

Author Jennifer Farmer, in discussing her new book, told Hill.TV that while Black women are often praised for becoming the first in their respective professions to break through racial barriers, the road to accomplishing their goals is often isolating.

“When Black women experience milestones, there is a ton of celebration. The person, the individual is excited, as well as the communities from which they come from. But sometimes when you are walking a path that few have walked, it can be lonely and it can be isolating,” said Farmer, author of "First and Only: A Black Woman's Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life."

“When you see a first or an only, it is not that that person is the only person that’s skilled but there are systems in place that allow some to rise and hold others back,” she said.