Most of us are familiar with Equal Pay Day, the day that women have to work up to in order for their earnings to catch up to that of their white male colleagues from the previous year. But many people don’t realize that Equal Pay Day, specifically for black women, is much later. In fact, it’s today, August 7. That means black women in the United States have to work over seven months extra just to catch up to white men, and that we have a lot farther to go to reach both gender and racial pay equity in this country.
Brush up on some of the facts and learn steps you can take to help create wage equity across all races.
Engaging in Conversations About Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace
Having meaningful conversations in the workplace and communicating across differences is important. To do so successfully, we need to acknowledge—and work through—roadblocks that can stifle progress. Learn how to surmount these obstacleswith practice, attention, and most importantly, intention.
Flip the Script: Race and Ethnicity in the Workplace
Even with the best intentions, we can say or do things that are offensive and hurtful. Getting past these missteps means recognizing that our words matter. This means taking action by using words that create inclusive environments where people feel both that they are valued and that they belong.Learn how to Flip the Script in your workplace conversations.
Catalyzing Blog Posts
San Francisco’s First Black Woman Mayor Raises Hope for Inclusion Across America
The city of San Francisco recently made history by electing its first Black woman mayor. When Black women and other women of color have held elected office, they have often shone in their performance, working hard to represent all constituents. A multiplicity of opinions and voices need to be heard to influence critical issues. Read more…
What Does It Mean When Corporate America Takes a Stand Against Racism
When corporations decide to take a bold stand against racist behavior, they become role models for other organizations of all sizes. A decisive and unequivocal response to clear examples of the racism that people of color face every day should be the status quo. But it’s not. Read more…
Women’s Earnings: The Wage Gap
Our newly updated Quick Take breaks down women’s earnings by country, level, race/ethnicity, age, and industry. The common thread is how far women still have to go across the board to catch their male counterparts.
Find Resources You’re Looking For
Use Ask Catalyst Express (ACE) to find Catalyst and external resources related to a particular topic. This month we suggest:
Women of Color in the United States
A breakdown of percentages in the population and labor force for Black women, Asian women, and Latinas.
Visible Minorities in Canada
A breakdown of South Asian, Chinese, Black, Filipino, Latin American, Arab, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Korean, and Japanese people in Canada.
Building Trust Between Managers And Diverse Women Direct Reports
Trust between managers and direct reports is essential to forming productive workplace relationships and improving overall performance across the organization. However, diverse women often face greater challenges than white women in forming trusting relationships with their managers. This report examines the perspectives from both diverse women and white male managers. Download it to learn more.
About Catalyst CEO Champions For Change
Women make up about 51% of the US population, earn 60% of all master’s degrees, and control or influence more than 70% of consumer spending. Yet only about 5% of CEOs are women, 26.5% of executives and only about 21% of board seats are held by women in the S&P 500. Learn more.