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Asian women are often shut out of executive roles at top companies in the U.S. 

May 10 2022

Asian women are often shut out of executive roles at top companies in the U.S. According to USA Today research, which gathered federal workforce records from 88 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 100, for Asian managers and professionals, only one in every 96 men and one in every 124 women hold a top job, compared to one in every 25 White men and one in every 60 White women who are executives. According to EEO-1 reports, which break down the race and gender of a company’s workforce by job categories, Asian women are half as likely as their White female counterparts to hold executive positions—and the disparity is on par with statistics for Black and Hispanic women. Out of the 88 companies that USA Today looked at, nine had no Asian women in senior executive positions, while none of the CEOs of the country’s top 100 companies, and just four of the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are Asian women. According to Fortune Media, only six Asian women have ever run Fortune 500 companies. The research on Asian women in the workplace paints an overall “bleak picture for upward mobility” and many of their careers are undercut by stereotypes and racism, which has increased during the pandemic. But that hasn’t stopped Asian women from trying to break the “double-paned glass ceiling.” Groundbreaking female Asian execs like AT&T Business CEO Anne Chow or OpenTable CEO Debby Soo hope that their strengths, personality, upbringing, work ethnic, ambition, grit, and directness can “shift preconceptions about Asian women as leaders and help more of them grasp the top rungs.” (USA Today)