Black women are much less likely to be promoted to manager—and their representation dwindles from there
Black women are underrepresented in the workplace for many reasons. One big factor is a “broken rung” at the first critical step up to manager. For every 100 men promoted to manager, only 58 Black women are promoted, despite the fact that Black women ask for promotions at the same rate as men.1 And for every 100 men hired into manager roles, only 64 Black women are hired.2 That means there are fewer Black women to promote at every subsequent level, and the representation gap keeps getting wider.
Did you know?
49% of Black women feel that their race or ethnicity will make it harder for them to get a raise, promotion, or chance to get ahead, compared to just 3% of white women and 11% of women overall.4