Women of Color/Visible Minorities

In the United States, women of color refers to racially and ethnically diverse women. In Canada, visible minorities is the legal term for people who are non-Caucasian in race, non-white in color, and not Aboriginal. These historically underrepresented groups comprise an important workforce demographic, and the best diversity and inclusion initiatives and talent management practices account for the unique career challenges they experience.

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    C This

    An academic paper claiming that women are underrepresented in the sciences because of the lifestyle choices they make is getting a lot of play in the media. The only problem: the authors push aside clear evidence that sexism and institutional biases are to blame. Read more about this...

    February 21, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Diverse Links

    Among the highlights from last week’s Catalyst Awards Conference was the standing-room only session, “Connections That Count: Using Social Media for Diversity and Inclusion,” featuring Catalyst’s Emily Troiano and Mike Otterman, plus social media and D&I experts Joe Gerstandt and Jessica...

    April 6, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Ending Equal Pay Day

    Today is Equal Pay Day—but don’t celebrate! April 12 marks the point in 2011 women must work to equal what men earned in 2010. Here are some quick facts about this frustrating milestone:

    - Women in America earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

    - The wage gap has closed at a rate of ...

    April 12, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    Corporate boards have grown less diverse over the past six years—but why? Is the recession to blame, or an uptick in African-Americans choosing to retire from boards, or an unintended consequence of U.S. financial legislation? To find out more about the culprits—and what you can do to help...

    May 9, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Take 5: Diverse Women Take a Hit

    Diverse women are double outsiders. Women of African, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Native American descent make up about 36% of the U.S. female population, but as today’s Take 5 highlights, many are excluded from high-paying leadership positions in corporate America:

    1) In 2008, African...

    June 16, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Women of Color: Past, Present, Future

    In today’s guest-post, Catalyst’s Katherine Giscombe reflects on what has changed—and what hasn’t—since she published her groundbreaking 1999 report on women of color in the workplace. Catalyst research reveals that minority women today make up only 3.4% of Fortune 100 board seats—a...

    February 16, 2012 by Katherine Giscombe, PhD

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    For Diverse Women, Prejudice Lives On

    In this post, the second in a series on women of color, Catalyst’s Katherine Giscombe, PhD, describes the challenges facing diverse women and asks tough questions related to their status in the American workforce.

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    Let’s call it what it is: prejudice.

    In a report released in July 2012,...

    August 9, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang