Infographic: Women of Color at a Glance


Written by Sophia Kerby

Women of color are a key growing demographic in the United States, representing approximately 36 percent of the female population and about 18 percent of the U.S. population based on Census data. The infographic below examines the state of women of color in four key areas: the workplace wage gap, health, educational attainment, and political leadership.

Women of color have made incredible strides in educational attainment and in the workplace, but their earnings and net wealth still pale in comparison to white women. They also lag behind in political leadership positions and still face unique health disparities. Their voices are critical to shaping the policies that affect their lives.

The graphic also reveals that women of color are a diverse group with a variety of experiences, even though they are often portrayed as monolithic in the mainstream media.

This post was originally published by the Center for American Progress.


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Jane L.
Jane L5 years ago

scratch that. i just realize how privileged i am to be an asian woman who is not living in poverty, earns an income of around $700/week, insured, with a bachelor's degree and aiming for a master's. I'm just not part of congress, but it's nice to have the privilege to vote and have a voice in that respect. tho i imagine the statistics would vary in canada as i m canadian, but wow... It's definitely a different light when I try to place myself on that infographic!

Jane L.
Jane L5 years ago

wow, really puts things into perspective! you don't realize how privileged you are to be a white person until you see this! I'm an asian woman looking in.

Matthew S.
Matthew Scott5 years ago

i pray for only the best in everything you do and love

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Ernest R.
Ernest R5 years ago

@ Lionel B.."look forward to the time when it doesn't matter what colour you are". How generous of you. People like you make up for all the other races that are unwilling to have their racial identity wiped out.@ Gloria H.. Ditto. Just where do you get the information that "we are all colored with love in Divine mind", whatever that means.?

karen pieper
karen pieper5 years ago

all i can say is "what a wonderful picture"!!

Gloria H.
Gloria H5 years ago

If I was really "white" I'd be an albino. Glad I have some coloring peachy pink with some age spots for additional coloring.
we are all colored with love in Divine mind.

Nia G.
Nia G.5 years ago

Lionel B. I totally agree with you about the colour coding. I'm married to a Brit, I lived in England and many of our friends are from all around Britain - they all have experienced much worse discrimination and violence than anyone I've ever met from the US. From what I observed while living in Britain, or from what I have personally experienced (walking the streets in England, visiting the countryside, watching the news and conversing with the different people who live and come from all over Britain as well as just plain observation of what I saw there), I can't imagine why anyone would think that there are less issues there than in the US. I'm just curious as to your point of view... Thanks:)

Lionel Burman
Lionel Burman5 years ago

I don't like this terminology 'of colour' - I am actually a pinko grey colour, usually termed 'white'. I look forward to the time when it doesn't matter what colour you are. Here in Britain we are very slowly moving towards that.

John Mansky
John Mansky5 years ago

Thank you for the article...