A new study confirms the many workplace inequities of which professional black women are already familiar. The Women in the Workplace 2018 study published by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. shows how women, and particularly black women, face huge disadvantages at work.
The study touches on the pay gap between Black Women and everyone else. Black women receive 39% less pay than white men and 21% less than white women. This pay disparity exists even if black women do the same work and have the same level of education as white men and women.
Moreover, many Americans are unaware that a pay gap exists. According to a separate LeanIn.Org/SurveyMonkey study out today, one-third of Americans do not know about the pay gap between black women and white men; half are unaware of a pay gap between black and white women
Pay equity is just one issue black women face in the office. The Women in the Workplace study also found:
- Black women are less likely to be promoted. For every 100 men promoted at the management level, only 60 black women are promoted.
- Black women have less access to a company’s senior leadership. 59% of black women in the workplace have never even had an interaction with someone at the senior level.
- Black women receive less support from managers and also have less encouragement to achieve a work/life balance.
- Black women are less likely to have their work accomplishments promoted by managers and are less likely to receive opportunities to showcase their work.
Women in the Workplace study surveyed 64,000 employees. Also, 279 companies employing more than 13 million people shared their pipeline data and completed a survey of their HR practices.