May 2018: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

MAY 2018
Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month a time to celebrate our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) friends, neighbors, and colleagues in the United States. AAPI is a broad term that includes all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. 
As we reflect on the unique contributions of the AAPI community, it’s important to remember that professional progress for both AAPI women and men is still very slow.
  • In the Fortune 100, 3.2% of board seats are held by Asian/Pacific Islanders. 
  • In the Fortune 500, it’s 3.1%. 
Change the Percentage: To help increase board representation among AAPI leaders, please refer to this career toolkit that shares information on how to find, apply, and get on a corporate board.
"Emotional Tax" for AAPI Women and Men 
Our recent report about Emotional Tax details the undue burden levied on women and men of color because of exclusionary behaviors that make them feel constantly “on guard.” 
  • 51% of Asian women feel highly on guard, consciously preparing to deal with potential bias or discrimination.
  • 37% of Asian women feel on guard because they anticipate racial/ethnic bias. 
  • 58% of multiracial women, who identify as two or more of Asian, Black, and Latina, are the most likely to be on guard due to their race/ethnicity.

In addition to examining women of color, the report reveals the experiences of men: over one-quarter of men of color (Asian, Black, Latinx, and multiracial men) who are on guard anticipate bias because of their gender, and this was a shared experience across racial/ethnic groups, with Black and Latino men more likely than Asian or multiracial men to report it.
Change the Percentage: This infographic shows you how inclusion is linked to helpfulness and innovation. Plus, here are 10 steps you can take as a leader to create an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and thrives.
AAPI Women Are Still Not at Parity
When it comes to the gender wage gap in the United States—defined as the difference between the median earnings of women and men—over a 40-year period, AAPI women will lose $349,320 , and need to work an additional seven years to catch up to their male counterparts. In fact, White and AAPI men outearn women of every race/ethnicity, and AAPI women earn just 78.4% of AAPI men's earnings.
Change the Percentage: Here are five actions you can take to help close the gender wage gap.
Where are the Asian Women in STEM?
In 2015, only 4.8% of Asian women earned STEM bachelor’s degrees in the United States. Women made up less than one-quarter of those employed in STEM occupations in 2015. And despite the growing number of jobs in this industry , Asian women, Black women, and Latinas made up slightly less than 10% of working scientists and engineers in the United States in 2015. 
Change the Percentage: Encourage girls to choose STEM. This 15-year old shares why we need women in science more than ever. 
Quick Takes
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Asian-Americans Can Kick Butt Without Being Martial Arts Experts 
The portrayal of Asian characters on film and TV, if there are any, is rife with historical racism. Our own Serena Fong, Vice President, Strategic Engagement, shares her thoughts on their recent portrayals on the big and small screen.
Catalyst CEO Champions For Change
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.
Catalyst: Workplaces That Work For Women