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.

  • Catalyzing
    C This

    This week’s roundup includes a video promoting the Toronto-based 2010 G(irls)20 Summit, plus articles about the upcoming Equal Pay Day, Justice John Paul Stevens’ exit from the Supreme Court, boardrooms Down Under, and the unwritten rules that still hold women back. Oh, and a word to the...

    April 13, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

  • Catalyzing
    C This

    This edition of C This looks at the relevance of cavemen to modern office behavior; some lessons from feminists that resonate even more today; the widening financial gap between white and black Americans; and how stilettos may (or may not!) be a predictor of market performance. Enjoy!

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    May 25, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

  • Catalyzing
    Lessons From Norway

    Guest blog by Morten Huse, Professor of Organization and Management, BI Norwegian School of Management and President of the European Academy of Management

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    In Norway, 40% of the board members of publicly traded companies are women. That’s because...

    June 8, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

  • Catalyzing
    C This

    In this edition, myths about working mothers are busted, the importance of engaging women on climate change is explored, and Australia's "blokey," or chauvinistic, culture is analyzed. Author Susan Douglas takes on “a new, subtle form of sexism,” and we look at disturbing information about the...

    June 14, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

  • Catalyzing
    C This

    A little-noticed provision in new U.S. legislation requires all federal financial agencies and firms to establish an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion to boost diversity. Banks and firms that fail to diversify their ranks do so at their own peril. According to the rule, failure to make “a...

    September 3, 2010 by Ilene H. Lang

  • Catalyzing
    Diversify or Die

    Why does the phrase “diversify or die” get thrown around a lot when it comes to diversifying output, but not talent?

    From real estate, to retail, to the newspaper industry, and even wedding planning, the phrase refers to the idea that it’s better to not have all your eggs in one basket.

    Thi...

    January 7, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

  • Catalyzing
    C This

    An academic paper claiming that women are underrepresented in the sciences because of the lifestyle choices they make is getting a lot of play in the media. The only problem: the authors push aside clear evidence that sexism and institutional biases are to blame. Read more about this...

    February 21, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

  • Catalyzing
    Diverse Links

    Among the highlights from last week’s Catalyst Awards Conference was the standing-room only session, “Connections That Count: Using Social Media for Diversity and Inclusion,” featuring Catalyst’s Emily Troiano and Mike Otterman, plus social media and D&I experts Joe Gerstandt and Jessica...

    April 6, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

  • Catalyzing
    Ending Equal Pay Day

    Today is Equal Pay Day—but don’t celebrate! April 12 marks the point in 2011 women must work to equal what men earned in 2010. Here are some quick facts about this frustrating milestone:

    - Women in America earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

    - The wage gap has closed at a rate of ...

    April 12, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

  • Catalyzing
    C This

    Corporate boards have grown less diverse over the past six years—but why? Is the recession to blame, or an uptick in African-Americans choosing to retire from boards, or an unintended consequence of U.S. financial legislation? To find out more about the culprits—and what you can do to help...

    May 9, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang