Does your board of directors, and company executives represent the world we live in today? Can anyone, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or other background find their place in your organization? If the answer to these questions is “No” then you have a major problem. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is the new mandate and goes beyond black and white.
Inspired by recent events, I was compelled to write this piece. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, we just witnessed history. For me as a young African American Woman, witnessing a woman of color be selected as a nominee to the 2nd highest office in America shows that we are truly at a turning point in this country. You either want to lead and be a part of this movement or fall behind, and will have to catch up. Representation is a small, but important element of the DEI initiative.
SO, WHAT DOES REPRESENTATION LOOK LIKE IN THE WORKFORCE?
According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2019 women have slightly surpassed men in the college-educated labor force. That is, at the end of the first quarter in 2019, there were 29.5 million women and 29.3 million men in the college-educated workforce. This effectively shows that women make up 50.2% of this labor force. Unfortunately, the Pew Research Center also tells us that although the majority of the educated workforce are women, they represent less than half of the overall workforce. In specific industries related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) women are severely underrepresented.
Now when we take a closer look at these statistics and focus on womxn of color in STEM fields, the numbers are abysmal. Even though womxn of color are attaining degrees in these rigorous fields, just about a quarter of them are working in these industries.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Our jobs as employees and leaders denote us to change these statistics to match the world around us. Here at LaunchSource, we want to spearhead this movement and implement change. Whether it is sitting down every Wednesday at our Emerging Black leader Webinars, or cultivating early career advancement for our Black, Indigenous, Womxn of Color through our BIWOC Emerging Leaders cohort. LaunchSource wants to represent all people from all walks of life, and continue to push the envelope, we challenge your organization to do the same.
 “The new change in spelling of the word ‘womxn’ is done in an effort to emphasize the idea that womxn are their own separate people, capable of operating on their own and without a man to aid them. The new spelling is also seen as intersectional, as it is meant to include transgender womxn, womxn of color, womxn from third world countries, and every other self-identifying womxn out there.” via hercampus