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The Challenges of Latinas Becoming Successful the Public Workplace

There are many challenges that Latinas face in order to be successful in the workplace. It is important for them to have access to professional development opportunities, higher education, and mentorship. Studies show that white men have greater access than Latina women and other minorities to mentorships and support. Nearly 60% of white of men have jobs classified as administrators and managers compared to minorities and Latina women. These women are considered as disadvantaged since opportunities to progress, as well as mentorship ties across racial, ethnicity and gender gap, are so much more difficult to achieve. Therefore, promotions are less likely to be procured amongst Latinas. There are several variables that limit Latina mobility in the workplace. These challenges include the existence of stereotypes, the lack of mentorship, the lack of associations with professional activities or influence, and the lack of higher education. This study examines those challenges and the influence they have on Latinas and their future. Consequently, minorities and women’s formal education and work experience is placed under “greater scrutiny compared to those of their male counterparts” (Smith, 2016). This is referred to as contest mobility. There are disputes for promotions especially when competing for managerial and supervisory positions that women have to fight for in order to succeed.

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