75% of women of colour have experienced racism at work, and 61% report changing themselves to ‘fit in’.
Women of colour across the UK already know that experiencing racism at work is the norm.That’s why we’ve partnered with the Fawcett Society to produce our ground-breaking research, Broken Ladders: The myth of meritocracy for women of colour in the workplace.
Broken Ladders centres the voices and experiences of thousands of women of colour at work and explores the different experiences of women from different ethnic minority groups and religions.
Our research shows that every stage of the career journey, from entering work to senior leadership, women of colour are being locked out of reaching their true potential.
Our key findings show:
Urgent change is needed across all institutions and sectors.
The skills, abilities, and experiences of women of colour should be harnessed and celebrated or our workplaces risk losing them –resulting in a huge loss of talent. That’s why we are calling on employers, the government, universities, unions and businesses to take action now.
We want employers to:
We're calling on the government to:
“Women of colour face a double jeopardy. From school to the workplace, there are structural barriers standing between them and the opportunities they deserve. Our landmark research exists to support these women to thrive in their workplaces, and to challenge employers to harness the talents, skills and experiences of their employees, or risk losing them. Women of colour know first-hand the myth of meritocracy, from the mental gymnastics of constantly code switching to being repeatedly passed up for promotion, in 2022 it is high time we invest in them. Until we do so, we will continue to lose them as they leave the workplace, resulting in a huge waste of talent.” - Dr Halima Begum, our CEO