This article was published in the Huffington Post.
Latinas are uniquely positioned to become the next cadre of powerful leaders in this country. Forbes’ recent cover article: The Next Media Jackpot: The $1 Trillion Hispanic Market, featuring Sofia Vergara as television’s best paid actress, sheds light into the increasing influence of Latinas as individuals and as a consumer market.
The promise of Latinas, particularly second-generation Latinas, is anchored in their increasing college enrollment rates, bilingualism, ambition, resourcefulness and parental and family support. Second generation Latinas are enrolling in college at the same rate (46%) as third-generation non-Hispanic White women, according to a study report released by Migration Policy Institute. Furthermore, an increasing number of Latinas are pursuing advanced degrees and professional careers.
But despite the educational strides and professional gains, Latinas continue to be generally absent in executive suites, university faculty boards and politics. A majority of talented professional Latinas remain confined mostly to administrative and middle management positions in the public and private sectors. They are seriously underrepresented in leadership roles in universities, research institutions and in Science, Technology and Engineering careers.
These disparities have important implications on the earning potential, career advancement, and leadership influence of Latinas in this country. As the fastest growing female population, one in six individuals in the U.S. will be a Latina woman by the year 2050. As the number of Latinas continues to grow and emerge in professional arenas, developing and promoting their leadership talent is imperative to this country’s economic and social growth.
Barriers to Career Advancement and Leadership Roles
There are several compelling reasons for the disparity in leadership roles among professional Latinas. Click HERE to continue reading.