“These days, we get a steady drumbeat of reminders about the yawning gender gap at the top of many of this country’s institutions: Fewer than five percent of the CEOs of companies in the S&P 500 are women. In the current U.S. Congress, women hold just 20 Senate seats and 84 in the House of Representatives. Just six states have female governors, only 26 percent of colleges and universities are headed by women, and just 18 percent of the largest nonprofit organizations have female chief executives. Those statistics and many more are collected in a new report released Wednesday by the American Association of University Women, which examines everything from why women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions to how our unconscious biases shape the problem…While the report offers little in the way of new explanations or solutions, it’s worth noting for its efforts to call out not just the leadership gap between men and women, but between white women and minority women at the top. ‘A lot of the leadership research is about all women,’ says Catherine Hill, AAUW’s vice president of research. ‘I think the stories about black and Hispanic women and other minorities get shadowed.’ For instance, when reporting on public school superintendent figures, the report notes that in 2014, white women made up 18 percent of superintendents, black women made up one percent, and women of other races and ethnicities combined made up another one percent. It cites the 2015 Forbes’ billionaires list, showing that while only 46 of the 400 richest people in the United States last year were women, just one of those was a woman of color.”

Source: Jena McGregor. “This Staggering Chart Shows How Few Minority Women Hold Executive Positions.” Washington Post. March 30, 2016. 


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