Minority Women in Business: Data and Research

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Minority Women in Business: Data and ResearchIn a previous report, the issue of minority women in business, specifically those reaching high level positions in corporate America, was presented. In this report, primary data will be gathered, by way of a survey administered to two newspaper corporations, and secondary data will be gathered, by way of internet and University library research. This data will show that a barrier is felt by many women when trying to achieve the goal of "top dog" in the business world.

Primary Data SurveyThe Washington Post is a local newspaper based out of Washington, D.C. The paper had national recognition because of its location. Gannett Media is a much larger news corporation. Gannett is the owner of USA Today and many other newspapers across the country. As an avenue for primary data, a survey was created and presented to 60 executive female employees of The Washington Post.

Of these 60 surveys, 46 people responded. This same survey was also presented to 60 female employees at Gannet Media. Of these surveys, 38 people responded. The questions on this survey are listed below.

1.Do you have an Associates Degree?2.Do you have a Bachelor's Degree?3.How long have you been with your company?4.Do you consider yourself a minority?5.Do you believe that you are being paid fairly?6.Do you believe that male employees that have the same experience and performance level as you get paid the same or more than you?Over 80% of the women surveyed at The Washington Post were post college graduates with at least a Bachelors Degree. Only 22% of those women answered negatively to question five and six. Only 56% of those surveyed from Gannett Media had postgraduate degrees. 48% of those respondents answered negatively to the same questions. Of...