Race, gender, sexual orientation – these are just a few of the traits that define an individual. The specific combination of these traits is what determines the communities to which he or she is connected, and also the types of discrimination that an individual may encounter.
After extensive research, some disheartening, but enlightening information has been discovered. According to the State of the Work Report published by D5 (a coalition to advance philanthropy’s diversity, equity and inclusion) the following statistics were noted:
* The gap in median income between white and Hispanic households was worse in 2012 than in 1972.
* People of color are 79 percent more likely than whites to live in neighborhoods where industrial pollution is suspected of causing health problems.
* Women are 51 percent of the U.S. workforce, but only 5 percent are Fortune 500 CEOs.
* The power of the LGBT community in national elections continues to rise. One million more voters identified as LGBT in 2012 than in 2008.