Women in the Workplace 2017

More companies are committing to gender equality. But progress will remain slow unless we confront blind spots on diversity—particularly regarding women of color, and employee perceptions of the status quo.

McKinsey / LeanIn Study: Women in the Workplace 2017

Women remain underrepresented at every level in corporate America, despite earning more college degrees than men for thirty years and counting. There is a pressing need to do more, and most organizations realize this: company commitment to gender diversity is at an all-time high for the third year in a row.

Despite this commitment, progress continues to be too slow—and may even be stalling. One of the most powerful reasons for this is a simple one: we have blind spots when it comes to diversity, and we can’t solve problems that we don’t see or understand clearly. In fact, a majority of men and 1 in 3 women think that if women make up 10% of executive roles at a company, the organization is on the right path.

2017 Best Companies for Multicultural Women

Looking for a workplace that embraces diversity? The companies below have leading-edge programs in place to hire more women of color and make sure their careers progress as far as possible. See how Washington ranks. (100% Talent Signatory, Deloitte, makes the list.)

NYT Opinion: Salary Transparency Is Key to Narrowing Gender Pay Disparities

In it’s Room for Debate series, New York Times guest columnists explore “How to Reduce the Pay Gap Between Men and Women.”  Jake Rosenfeld, author and sociologist, argues that wage transparency laws and banning the use of salary histories will empower women and racial and ethnic minority workers to speak out against unfair pay practices.

Who’s fixing tech’s diversity problems?

The Washington Technology Industry Association decided to take a look at exactly which groups are working to change the bleak percentages of women and people of color in the tech industry.

Getting the Short End of the Stick: Racial Bias in Salary Negotiations

MIT’s Sloan School of Management offers the latest studies on bias in salary negotiation, and suggest that organizations can foster better awareness of racial bias in negotiations through formal training processes and informal discussions of best practices among managers.

The Need for More Women of Color Across The Board

Working Mother reports that 25 American companies have been honored as the best companies for multicultural women work in terms of hiring, retention, networking, mentoring and promotion. The bad news is that only 4 percent of corporate executives at these companies are multicultural women – the same rate as in 2009.

Report: Seattle African Americans Make 58 Cents For Each Dollar Earned by White Counterparts

A new study ranks Seattle low in terms of paying African Americans and Latinos as compared to whites. The 58 percent figure places this area 27th in the country in income equality, and considers factors of economics, health, education, social justice and civic engagement.

Let Samantha Bee show you how to hire more women

Men vastly outnumber women in both technology and late-night comedy. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.  Late-night host Samantha Bee says the “Full Frontal” team made it a priority to diversify its behind-the-scenes staff, with a concerted outreach effort.