Several recent studies reveal that women of color still face many challenges in obtaining high-level corporate jobs. The reports were released by Catalyst, a non-profit group that focuses on women in business.
"Advancing Asian Women in the Workplace: What Managers Need to Know" found that though Asian-American women are the most likely to have graduate education, they are least likely to hold high management or corporate positions, compared to other groups of women. A similar study on Latina women was released earlier this summer. The two studies revealed that although Asian-American and Latina women are the fastest-growing groups in the US labor force, they each make up less than 30 of the more than 10,000 officers in Fortune 500 companies, according to Mercury News. Both groups of women report feeling discriminated against by their employers. Asian-American women said that they were often bypassed by their companies' diversity programs because they are seen as "overachievers," while Latina women reported that their accents led their employers to believe that they are less ambitious and competent, the Mercury News reports. The study on Latina women also found that a lack of understanding by their employers of their cultural background made it more difficult for Latina women to develop the kinds of relationships necessary to get ahead in the corporate world.
A recent study by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission confirmed Catalyst's findings. The EEOC study found that although women of color were making gains in overall numbers in the private sector, they are still a very small percentage of managers.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .