Thursday, March 31, 2016

Why The Gender Leadership Gap Is So Much Worse For Women Of Color - FASTCOMPANY

by Lydia Dishman 
Originally published: March 30, 2016

For black, Hispanic, and Asian women, negative stereotypes and unconscious bias have widened the gender gap.

"From corporate boardrooms to the halls of Congress, from universities to the courts, from religious institutions to philanthropic organizations, men are simply much more likely than women to be leaders." This, according to a new report from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

This isn't news to anyone who has been paying attention, but this new study does bring the persistence and complexity of such underrepresentation into more focus.

The report, titled "Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership," examines the environment where leadership develops and was written by AAUW vice president for research Catherine Hill; senior researcher Kevin Miller; research associate Kathleen Benson; and research intern Grace Handley. They contend that no amount of leaning in can close the systemic gender gap in the top ranks of organizations. That's partly because factors such as race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age make for unique experiences for any women who tries to rise to leadership.

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