Women of Color/Visible Minorities

In the United States, women of color refers to racially and ethnically diverse women. In Canada, visible minorities is the legal term for people who are non-Caucasian in race, non-white in color, and not Aboriginal. These historically underrepresented groups comprise an important workforce demographic, and the best diversity and inclusion initiatives and talent management practices account for the unique career challenges they experience.

  • Report
    Women of Color in Corporate Management: Dynamics of Career Advancement

    This report focuses specifically on career advancement issues for women of color, and offers comparisons between women of color data and Catalyst’s other data on white women. This is the first report on the data collected by the major study.

    The purpose of this report is to fill knowledge...

    Date: February 10, 1998
    Region: United States
  • Speakers Bureau
    Asian American Business Roundtable: Las Vegas

    Deborah Gillis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst, will speak at the Asian American Business roundtable in Las Vegas. The event, which is the first ever Asian American Business Roundtable Summit, will gather over 200 innovative and influential Asian American leaders in the realm of...

    Date & Time:
    29 - 30 January 2016
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Catalyzing
    Women and the Masks We Wear: Striving for Success

    “We wear the mask that grins and lies,

    It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

    This debt we pay to human guile;

    With torn and bleeding hearts we smile…”

    -Paul Laurence Dunbar

    As a researcher, professor, and diversity consultant who has spent my career collecting the stories of professional...

    October 20, 2015 by Atira Charles, PhD

  • Catalyzing
    Rising to the Top: The Importance of Resources for Women of Color

    If I could choose one word to describe myself, it would be “resourceful.” At an early age, I quickly learned that locating and securing resources was an important part of navigating life. My mother constantly praised my ability to figure things out on my own. Whether it was reading a book about...

    October 15, 2015 by Courtney McCluney

  • Catalyst Event
    Women of Color Webinar Series: Real Talk on Making Change at Work

    In today’s increasingly diverse workplace, fresh ideas and thoughtful actions are needed to remedy inequities, particularly for women of color, visible minority women, and indigenous women. Research on women of color focuses heavily on ongoing barriers to advancement—yet we hear a lot less often...

    Date & Time:
    3 November 2015
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
    8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. GMT
  • Catalyzing
    Catalyst’s Women of Color Summit: A New Course of Action

    Women in the workplace are often confronted with obstacles that impede their advancement to leadership positions. For women of color, visible minority women, and indigenous women, these obstacles are affected by the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender. Conversations about how to...

    April 20, 2015 by Brandee Sanders

  • Latest data show that women of color make up only 16.5% of the S&P 500 labor force.

    Date: 2015
  • Catalyst Event
    Catalyst Women of Color Summit

    The invitation-only Catalyst Women of Color Summit brings together thought leaders—scholars, business leaders, and policymakers—to set a vision for research and chart a course for future action for the advancement of women of color at work.


    Lead Sponsors: The Chubb Corporation and PepsiC...

    Date & Time:
    26-27 March 2015
  • Projections indicate that women of color will make up 53% of the United States female population by 2050,1 and similarly, visible minority women are expected to comprise 31% of females in Canada by 2031.2  With representation in over 90 countries,3 indigenous women are also part of the shifting...

  • Catalyzing
    Profile in Disruption: Disrupting the Default for Women of Color

    As we reflect on the strides and accomplishments made by African Americans during Black History Month, were also faced with the reality that women of color are still confronted with hurdles in the workplace. Theyre often stereotyped, have limited opportunities, and theyre on the low end...

    February 24, 2015 by Catalyst