Report Reveals Lack of Diversity in Nation’s Most Powerful Roles

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The New York Times published an article Monday that reveals diversity statistics of the most powerful people in American culture, government, education, and business. Of the 503 most powerful people in the country, only 44 are from racial or ethnic minorities.

In higher education specifically, the article reveals that none of the nation’s eight Ivy League university presidents are from minority groups. In addition, historically only two minority presidents have ever been appointed to serve at these institutions.

In 2001, Brown University appointed the first African American Ivy League president, Ruth Simmons. Eight years later, Dartmouth University appointed the first Asian American leader, Jim Yong Kim. Both have since left their posts.

However, there appears to be more gender equality across higher education leadership, with 50 percent of presidents at Ivy League institutions being female.

The report also shared the diversity statistics of the 100 United States senators. Currently, the Senate only has six minority representatives, including Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The minority members of the Senate represent five states: New Jersey, Texas, Hawaii, South Carolina, and Florida.

This lack of diversity is also observed among U.S. governors. Of these 50 executive officers, only four are from minority groups, representing Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii, and South Carolina.

The least jarring statistic is the representation of minority leaders in the president’s cabinet; seven out of 17 members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet are from minorities. Presidents Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton all had at least six people from minority groups in their cabinets at some point during their terms.

Additional categories covered in the article include “Hollywood Executives Who Choose Which Movies Are Made,” “People Who Decide What News Gets Covered,” “America’s Top Military Advisers,” “Owners of Men’s Pro Football Teams,” and others.