The experiences of women of color are unique AND intersectional. This why this year we launch the first Women of Color in the Workplace® Study.

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The Book

I know what it's like not to know how to survive at work. This lack of knowledge led to isolation, bullying, and without the ability to advocate for myself. Looking back, I wish I was more equipped early on because part of me was chipping away every day. Regardless of your career level or place of work, it's essential to learn how to navigate your workplace! I also urge team leaders and employers to learn from both personal experiences and leading research in this book. Grab your copy upon release.

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On average, women are paid just 80 cents compared to the dollar a non-Hispanic white male makes. Yet the disparity in pay is far worse for women of color. For Latinas, it's 54 cents, Native women, it's 57 cents, and for Black women, it's 62 cents. At 90 cents, Asian women have the slimmest pay gap. This number does not account for the Asian American Pacific Islander demographic such as Burmese women who make approximately 50 to 55 cents compared to the dollar a non-Hispanic white male makes. The pay gap between men and women has not changed much over the years. Every year it persists. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the pay gap between men and women is not expected to close until 2059. Black women will wait until 2130 and Hispanic women will have to wait until 2224 for equal pay. Since women of color are the most affected by the pay gap between men and women, we are asking companies to do more because we can’t afford to wait 200 years. Both small and large companies can help close the pay gap through simple actions.

Representation Matters for Women of Color in Media

The Representation Matters for Women of Color in Media Training Toolkit is a perfect aid to unconscious bias training especially when narrowing down the stigmas and biases of certain groups. The program creates awareness about the experiences of women of color at work and helps check the blindspots of leadership and management teams when hiring and promoting.

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Featured Interview

In this podcast episode of Conversations for Equal Pay, Susana Contreras Mendez is the daughter of immigrants, first of her family to go to college and a champion for higher-ed. Her initial plans were to attend community college until she received some unwelcome advice from an educator who explained that she should train to become a flight attendant because she spoke Spanish. Yet her journey and determination took her down an entirely different path.

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Discussion Topics

Check out the latest Women of Color in the Workplace discussion. Learn about social issues impacting women of color and how our companies and institutions can do their part to make things better.

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