The challenges for women of color in landing leadership roles

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Women continue to be underrepresented when it comes to leadership in the international development sector. Research published last year by Quantum Impact highlighted how women still miss out on these roles — 20% of organizations failed to have a single woman serving on their leadership teams.

The same research showed that 80% of these organizations did not have a representative number of people of color on their leadership team and more than half had no leaders of color at all.

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    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Senior Careers Reporter at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.