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.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .