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.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .