We are always on the lookout for perspectives on the American Dream, examples of people and organizations furthering social and economic mobility. Below are a few publications that we found particularly engaging and thought-provoking in October 2021.

The Rise of Microbusinesses: "Optimism of Women- and Black-Owned Online Microbusinesses in the U.S. Grows During Pandemic, New GoDaddy Venture Forward Survey Finds."

New survey findings from the multi-year Venture Forward initiative show an increased optimism in online microbusiness owners (those with ten or fewer employees), with Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs expressing the most optimism about the future of their businesses.

The Pay Gap for Women Starts With a Responsibility Gap

A Wall Street Journal article released this month explores the persistent gender pay gap in the workforce, with women still earning just 74 cents to each dollar made by men. The research found that despite more education and equal experience, women's pay still does not match their male counterparts. 

The American Upskilling Study: Empowering Workers for the Jobs of Tomorrow

A recent Gallup survey, commissioned by Amazon, found that there is a desire from employees for training and upskilling. Among numerous findings: 48% of American workers would switch to a new job for skills training and 65% of workers would choose a job that included the potential for upskilling.