Women of Color

Research shows that women of color—Asian, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and multiracial—experience exclusion, discrimination, and bias within the workplace. Too few women of color are represented on corporate boards, and many experience an emotional tax at work. These Catalyst resources include research and actions you can take to address these obstacles and make your workplace more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.



Content Type




Gender Pay Gap

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day 2021 (Webinar Recording)

Listen to our panelists discuss the impact of systemic racism and explore ways companies can strategically address compensation inequality.

Organizational Culture Change

Inclusive Self-Identification (Topic Overview)

Understanding the diverse and intersecting identities of employees in your organization can help create a more inclusive workplace culture.

Top Resources

Women of Color in the United States (Quick Take)

Women of color will be the majority of all women in the United States by 2060.

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

People of Colour in Canada (Quick Take)

Facts and figures about Canada's people of colour population in the workplace and education.

CEOs in Underrepresented Groups (List)

Women, women of color, women born outside of the United States, and LGBT women are underrepresented in the Fortune 500.


Diversity Fatigue in the Workplace: How to Get Unstuck (Blog Post)

A lack of corporate goals, resources, or a compelling strategy may be making your employees cynical about diversity initiatives.

Recruitment and Retention

7 Things You Can Do to Recruit Women of Color (Blog Post)

Bias is baked into many organizations' hiring practices. Here's how to change that so you recruit and hire more black…

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Silence Breaker: My Path to Speaking Out as a Woman of Colour (Blog Post)

Concluding Black History Month, Catalyst's Alicia Sullivan on how she went from studying by oil lamp to lecturing the C-suite.

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

San Francisco’s First Black Woman Mayor Raises Hope For Inclusion Across America (Blog Post)

The city of San Francisco recently made history. It has elected its first Black woman mayor, London Breed. She won…

Emotional Tax

Catalyst’s CEO Sounds Off About Emotional Tax (Blog Post)

Imagine waking up every day knowing that when you leave your home, you’ll likely be greeted with a multitude of…

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Day-to-Day Experiences of Emotional Tax Among Women and Men of Color in the Workplace (Webinar Recording)

Listen to this webinar recording to hear the findings from the new report, Day-to-Day Experiences of Emotional Tax Among Women and…

Racial and Gender Bias at Work Harmful for Women of Color and their Health (Media Release)

Catalyst's February 2018 report "Day-to-Day Experiences of Emotional Tax Among Women and Men of Color in the Workplace," finds that…

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Day-to-Day Experiences of Emotional Tax Among Women and Men of Color in the Workplace (Report)

Learn what Emotional Tax is and how it affects both employees of color and organizations.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment and Women of Color (Blog Post)

Women of color experience both racialized and sexualized harassment and assault, stemming from the historical context of their experiences.

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

No, Black Women Still Don’t Earn The Same As Their White Peers. Here’s Why. (Blog Post)

The gender pay gap is partly a result of systemic barriers and biases—not because of skills and qualifications.

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Catalyst’s Women Of Color Summit: A New Course Of Action (Blog Post)

Women in the workplace are often confronted with obstacles that impede their advancement to leadership positions. For women of color,…

Women of Color Remain Severely Underrepresented in U.S. Workforce and on Boards (Media Release)

Recent data from Catalyst shows that women of color make up only 16.5% of the S&P 500 labor force. And…

Board Diversity

Still Too Few: Women of Color on Boards (Infographic)

Women of color are woefully underrepresented on boards. Find out how to change that.

General Motors Corporation – Recruiting, Advancing, and Retaining Women of Color Through the Multicultural Women’s Affinity Group (Practices)

General Motors Company believes that creating an open environment for women of color will benefit all employees. In 2004, the…

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Women of Color in U.S. Law Firms (Report)

This report examines the retention, development, and advancement of women and minorities is a pressing issue for law firms.