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.

About the author

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.