By: Gokul Menon January, 13, 2020


The employment of women, African Americans, and other minorities who have been historically oppressed has had a significant impact on empowering them. The insurance industry seems to be at the forefront of progressing towards a more egalitarian society.

While whites occupy 78 percent of the total workforce, African-Americans only occupy a mere 12.3 percent. Hispanics and Asians occupy 17.3 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively. Whites continue to occupy a significant part of the insurance sector as well, but the percentage of African-American Insurance underwriters and Insurance Claims Processing Clerks is a little higher than the percentage of African-Americans in the national workforce.

The insurance sector seems to be employing more women than most other industries in the U.S. The percentage of women in the country’s workforce is only 46.9. Among Insurance Underwriters, women occupy 59.7 percent. Out of the total workforce employed as Insurance Claim and Policy Processing Clerks, a whopping 82.5 percent, are women. There are more women employed as Insurance Sales Agents as well.

Gavop believes that this is a step in the right direction towards gender equality.


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Gokul Menon

Gokul works as a writer at Gavop. He holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Hyderabad and a Bachelor’s in English from Madras Christian College. He has been a part of a couple of theatre groups, like Masquerade Youth Theatre and Theatre No. 59 and enjoyed being a part of Literary and Debating circles in Chennai. Gokul is an avid reader and has presented a few academic papers. He spends more time on Goodreads, than on any other social media platform.