un·​der·​rep·​re·​sent·​ed | \ˌən-dər-ˌre-pri-ˈzen-təd \

Definition of underrepresented 

: inadequately represented

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underrepresentation \ ˌən-​dər-​ˌre-​pri-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shən , -​zən-​ \ noun

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This problem is likely exacerbated by the demographics of the tech industry itself: women are significantly underrepresented, and the workforce is largely white or Asian. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s facial recognition service now less bad for nonwhites," 27 June 2018 Jollof King West African soups and stews in south Tempe As underrepresented cuisines go, those of Africa are certainly among the hardest to find in the Valley. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Eat Here First in June: 3 new restaurants to try before everybody else does," 25 June 2018 In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently recommended changing the admissions criteria for the city’s most elite public schools, where Asian-Americans are vastly overrepresented and black and Latino students are underrepresented. John Eligon, New York Times, "Asian-Americans Face Multiple Fronts in Battle Over Affirmative Action," 16 June 2018 Campbell cofounded the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail in 1988, and has been working to publicly memorialize more great Boston women in parks and public art — where women are also woefully underrepresented — ever since. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Not enough Boston schools are named for women. Here are some suggestions," 13 June 2018 Sarah Farahat, the lead artist in charge of the mural dedicated to the victims, stressed the importance of raising up the perspectives of those who are underrepresented in her speech. Corlyn Voorhees, OregonLive.com, "Portland marks MAX attack anniversary with ceremony, mural dedication," 26 May 2018 Environmental justice has become the topic du jour since a new state law explicitly authorized the commission to consider not only impacts to the environment when making decisions, but also impacts on underrepresented communities. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "A beach behind lock and key is turning into a fight over social justice in California," 9 July 2018 Pamela Davis-Clarke, an attorney and a founder of the Stuyvesant High School Black Alumni Diversity Initiative, is calling for universal screening of pre-kindergarteners in underrepresented communities for gifted programs. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Alumni From Elite New York City High Schools Unite to Fight Admissions Changes," 20 June 2018 At the same time, more college students look on paper like Alicia Pruett—older, poor, underrepresented minorities. Marcella Bombardieri, The Atlantic, "One College's Struggle to Get Poor Students Through School," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of underrepresented

1853, in the meaning defined above

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