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Business: Diversity in the Workplace
-- Articles & Data, and Focus: Women, Minorities, & LGBTQ+

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Diversity Articles


Business Source Complete
Geography: Global
Thousands of business articles from news, trade, and scholarly publications, including titles like Profiles in Diversity Journal, and Black Enterprise.  


Ethnic NewsWatch 
Full-text newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives, including ethnicity in the workplace, including titles like the Journal of Business Diversity, and Minority Business Entrepreneur.  


The Conference Board
Geography: Global
A non-profit business membership and research group. Produces strategy-focused proprietary research reports and articles on topical business issues.  To get to the Diversity & Inclusion topic page, keyword search on the site for diversity.

Journal of Diversity Management
An open access peer reviewed journal that contributes to the understanding of how to create and maintain a positive work environment where the similarities and differences of individuals are valued, so that all can reach their potential and maximize their contributions to an organization’s strategic goals and objectives. 


Pew Research Center
A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. Produces several useful research-based articles on the topic of work and employment, including gender, ethnic, and LGBTQ workplace diversity issues.  

Diversity Data


Survey of Business Owners
Part of the US Federal 5-year Economic Census.  Comprehensive information on selected economic and demographic characteristics for businesses and business owners by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status.  


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
​A US Federal government branch responsible for enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws.  Its Employment Statistics includes Job Patterns For Minorities And Women In Private Industry. Data in aggregated format for major geographic areas and by industry group for private employers (EEO-1) are available, with more granular data available at  


Bureau of Labor Statistics
Information about national labor force statistics with demographic characteristics available from the US Federal government's Current Population Survey (CPS). Data on the labor force characteristics of employed and unemployed persons, plus hours of work and earnings, also are available. 

BLS releases annual Reports with the following titles:

  • Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers
  • Highlights of Women's Earnings
  • Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity
  • A Profile of the Working Poor
  • Women in the Labor Force: A Databook

Robust diversity data for specific companies or industries can be difficult to find.  Here's why: 

They might address diversity in statements, reports, or SEC filings, but they are not required to release their EEO-1 federal surveys.

Industry-specific practitioner or advocacy groups would need to gather and publish more specific diversity data beyond what the US government compiles.
Try pasting this search in Google:  [your industry] AND diversity AND (statistics OR facts OR data OR survey)

Focus:  Women


The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)
Conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences.  IWPR produces reports as well as data and tools for researchers.
Catalyst is a global nonprofit to build workplaces that work for women.  It generates a list of women CEOs in the S&P 500, and its Top Stats page offers overview reports and statistics on many aspects of women in business, with an international perspective. (The UCI Libraries does not have access to any premium supporter content.)


Women In the Workplace Survey
The largest annual study of the state of women in corporate America.  A partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company.  


International Labour Organization
A United Nations agency that works to set labor standards, develop policies and devise programs promoting decent work for all women and men.  Produces Publications on Equality and Discrimination.  


Focus:  Minorities


Minority Business Development Agency
An agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes the growth of minority-owned business through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research.  Has a repository of publications on programs, technologies and data useful to MBE's., including business data on racial and ethnic populations in the United States.


Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Publishes reports addressing key public policy issues affecting the global black community including economic independence, public health, education and leadership.  Reports include a special focus on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.


Focus:  LGBTQ+

Human Rights Campaign
A US national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.  It produces content including: A Workplace Divided, a survey  on the national climate for LGBTQ workers, as well as the Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees.
Catalyst is a global nonprofit to build workplaces that work for women.  It includes reporting on LGBTQ+ rights. (The UCI Libraries does not have access to any premium supporter content.)


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