Closing the Gap: Understanding How Girls of Color Become Leaders

Each October 11th we celebrate International Day of the Girl.

According to UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women,

There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that girls face.

That’s why we’re designing the first research study to explore how young women of color achieve their fullest potential as leaders, what’s holding them back, and why cultivating leadership for girls of color is crucial to workplace equity, inclusion, and innovation.

CLOSING THE GAP: HOW GIRLS OF COLOR BECOME LEADERS

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Research shows that girls of color are the hungriest to lead — yet they are vastly underrepresented as women in managerial and professional positions. Until now there has been no major study of girls of color and leadership, including the barriers that prevent them from entering the pipeline, and the assets that help them become leaders.

Girls Leadership is partnering with Genentech, The New York Women’s Foundation, Airbnb, Paul Weiss, Morgan Stanley, and the Billie Jean King Leadership Institute to design and field this study. We’ll share out data with schools and organizations to help them serve girls across differences of race, culture, and socioeconomics. The study’s results will help corporations understand the leadership paths of *all* employees, assist girl-serving organizations in identifying leaders, and start a national conversation on girls of color and leadership.

 

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  1. Audrey Staton (Thompson)

    I stumbled across your website in my efforts to find solutions for this very topic, Natural Girl Leaders: Equipping Girls With The Competency To Exercise The Power of Their Voice. My focus is primarily helping the most confident group better utilize their confidence toward impactful leadership that doesn’t allow people to opt out. The struggle is real! However, my commitment is too strong to give up; somehow I was able to achieve the competencies that I want for my girls.
    Keep up the great work!

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