Racial gaps in women's executive leadership in the USA
Last month I attended the Black Women’s Roundtable at the annual conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation where they released results from the latest report, Time for a Power Shift: Black Women in the United States & Key States, 2018. Presented by editor-in-chief Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D., the report assessed and analyzed the “challenges, triumphs, and overall contemporary condition of Black women” in the United States.
There was striking data about the racial gaps between Black and white women in the workplace. For example:
The report went on to explain that there is still a tendency of companies to focus on gender diversity over racial diversity, both of which often exclude Black women:
The report has given me a lot to think about, which I am still reflecting on and processing. At the very least, it reinforces the importance of including an intersectional feminist lens in our analyses of gender gaps, inequality and social exclusion.