I can’t believe we’re more than a decade and a half into the 21st century and we can’t brag that ALL Americans have equal access to the “American Dream.” By that I mean there is still workplace discrimination, most especially evidenced by employment and pay gaps, associated with race, gender and/or age.
Consider this example in the context of racial bias: Unemployment for black Americans runs nearly double that of the national average. Worse still, for every dollar owned by the average white family in the United States, the average family of color has less than one dime.
In the context of gender bias: A recent World Economic Forum survey showed that “unconscious bias” from managers was still seen as the biggest barrier to success for women in today’s work place.
Finally in the context of ageism, in 2015, 2.8 million college students graduated with bachelor’s master’s and doctoral degrees, with no guarantee of employment. Millennials make up 50 percent of the unemployed, even as the U.S. unemployment rate of 5 percent is the lowest level in years!
Given that young people of color will make-up the majority of working class by 2032, I think it’s really important to empower today’s youth to understand the importance of equal opportunity and to nurture the entrepreneurial access and training at young ages.