Jul 262012

Speaking about a new issue brief on the status of Women of Color in the United States, released by the Center for American Progress (CAP), Tina Tchen, Executive Director of White House Council on Women and girls, explained that:  “Women of color’s voices are missing … [and] it’s a year in which the table is set in a way it has not been set before, the issues confronting women of color have never been more clear.”

Released on July 18, 2012, CAP’s Progress 2050 and FIRE Initiative issue brief on “The State of Women of Color in the United States”  takes an in-depth look at the status of women of color and makes clear that their voices are missing at a time when national demographic trends continue to shift toward women of color becoming the majority among all women. Women of color today are largely underrepresented in the national debate on key issues, including reproductive health care, women’s rights, and the economy—despite the direct impact these issues have on them personally, as well as on their families and communities.

This report affirms that we are on the right path as we continue to build one of our newest networks, Standing in Our Power (SiOP), which seeks to create a platform for the voices of Women of Color to be amplified and heard. SiOP’s ultimate goal is to create new leadership practices and paradigms that will transform society as a whole.

CAP reports: Women of color have made incredible strides in educational attainment and in the workplace, but their earnings and net wealth still pale in comparison to white women. They also lag behind in political leadership positions and still face unique health disparities. Their voices are critical to shaping the policies that affect their lives. Check out the entire brief.

The infographic below examines the state of women of color in four key areas: the workplace wage gap, health, educational attainment, and political leadership.


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