WOC don’t just face disparities at work. Today in the U.S., womxn of color—especially black, Latina and native women— face maternal health challenges
at a level on par with developing countries. And the maternal mortality rate for black women in the U.S. is worsening, along with the wage gap
, something that actress Michelle Williams
called out in her Emmy acceptance speech earlier this year.
WOC are acutely aware of our marginalization in the narrative of work. In professional sectors, 44% of WOC are most likely to downplay our race and ethnicity and are reticent to share details of our personal lives. Twenty-one percent of WOC
say they can’t be themselves at work. At the same time, WOC are the most ambitious segment of the workforce and the largest growing segment of new degree holders, starting 8 out of 10 women-owned businesses.
This is the moment to capitalize on the strengths of WOC, to unleash innovation and growth.