Study: Black women invisible in corporate America

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According to the latest Women in the Workplace 2016 study, women in the workplace are falling behind at every step of the corporate ladder, and the gap is especially pronounced with women of color.

According to the study’s findings, “Women are less likely to receive the first critical promotion to manager—so far fewer end up on the path to leadership—and are less likely to be hired into more senior positions. Women also get less access to the people, input, and opportunities that accelerate careers. As a result, the higher you look in companies, the fewer women you see.”

What’s more, the gap is particularly persistent for women of color, with the report finding that they “face the most barriers to advancement and experience the steepest drop-offs with seniority.”

The problems facing women in the workplace, the report outlined, included pushback when negotiating for promotions or raises, decreased access to senior leaders, and lack of feedback despite asking for feedback. As a result, women are “less likely to think they have equal opportunities for growth and development—and more likely to think their gender will play a role in missing out on a raise, promotion, or chance to get ahead.”

Check out the full report here.