It’s going to be quite a week.
Today, of course, is the national holiday that celebrates the birth of the legendary civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tomorrow, the nation and the world will witness history in the making as the first African-American is sworn in as President of the United States. Looking at these two events together, one can’t help but appreciate how far this nation has come as the last racial barrier in U.S. politics comes crashing down. However, we must be mindful of the fact that the road to full equality is still ahead of us, and it’s quite long — especially in the U.S. workplace.
If you have any doubts about this premise, take into account that as of January 1, there were only 13 female CEOs running America’s largest 500 publicly traded companies. According to the research firm Catalyst, women receive six in 10 college degrees, yet there are fewer female directors and officers.