Career and Industry Outlooks: A Black Perspective
Black Americans in Healthcare
Barbara L. Nichols, RN
Charles Richard Drew, MD
Black Leaders in Corporate America
Madam C.J. Walker
Robert F. Smith
Inequitable Workplace Culture: Why Career Advancement Opportunities Still Lag for Black Professionals
- Racial prejudice in the workplace: Coqual’s report found that 58% of Black professionals have experienced racial prejudice at work. The study also found that this is more likely for Black professionals in the West and Midwest than for those in the South and Northeast.
- Higher rates of microaggression: Coqual reports that Black professionals experience certain microaggressions at higher rates than other professionals. Examples include being excluded from meetings relevant to their jobs and having colleagues mischaracterize them as “angry.”
- Dissatisfaction in the workplace and attrition: Coqual further reports that prejudice and microaggressions at the workplace have According to the group’s findings, compared with white employees, Black employees are 30% more likely to intend to leave their employers within two years.
- Unequal pay: A 2020 PayScale study found the racial wage gap still exists: On average, Black men earn 87 cents on the dollar compared with white men. The National Women’s Law Center reports that full-time employed Black women with a high school diploma earn 63 cents on the dollar compared with white men.
- Lack of access to senior leaders: The Coqual study notes that 69% of Black professionals say they lack access to senior leaders at their places of employment, in contrast to 56% of white employees. Furthermore, 65% of Black professionals feel that Black employees need to work harder than colleagues to advance their careers.
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- National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
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- National Black Nurses Association
- National Society of Black Engineers