About the study
These findings are from an online poll conducted by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey between June 19, 2020, and June 25, 2020. Our sample consists of approximately 7,400 U.S. adults ages 18 and over. Unless otherwise noted, the findings reflect responses from people who were either employed or temporarily furloughed at the time of the survey.
Most white employees see themselves as allies to people of color at work
When “allyship” is defined as “using one’s power or position to support or advocate for coworkers with less power or status,” more than 80 percent of white women and men say that they see themselves as allies to colleagues of other races and ethnicities.
However, many Black women and Latinas don’t feel they have strong allies at work
Despite an overwhelming majority of white employees seeing themselves as allies, less than half of Black women and only slightly more than half of Latinas feel they have strong allies at work. Additionally, only about a quarter of Black women and Latinas say it’s mostly accurate that Black women have strong allies in their workplace.
Relatively few Black women and Latinas say most of their strongest allies are white
Only 10 percent of Black women and 19 percent of Latinas say the majority of their strongest allies are white, compared to 45 percent of white women. Since white employees, particularly white men, are more likely to be in positions of power, this disadvantages women of color—and points to the importance of white employees stepping up as allies for their Black and Latinx coworkers.
A majority of white employees have never spoken out against racial discrimination at work
Challenging racism is a basic act of allyship, yet only about four in ten white employees say they’ve spoken out against racial discrimination at work. Black women and Latinas are about as likely as their white colleagues to speak out against racial discrimination, but they are far more likely to face retaliation—including being fired—for doing so.