When Ursula Burns stepped down as CEO of Xerox in 2016, her departure created a whole new statistic: there were no longer any black women running Fortune 500 companies.

That statistic still holds strong today.

Despite graduating from college in record numbers, and holding the title as the most educated demographic in America, little headway has been made for black women in the C-Suite, a problem that FORTUNE looked into in their Oct. 1, 2017 issue.

So why are black women, despite our smarts, grit and determination, not making it to top company positions in record numbers? Here are the seven things we learned from the FORTUNE story.

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