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Inequality in Corporate Leadership

Women have an important role in the U.S. economy, making up 50.8 percent of the United States population. Women are enrolling in college more than men, according to Pew Research data, and now account for 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force, as reported by the United States Department of Labor. Meanwhile, gender inequality is still entrenched in corporate America, especially in executive positions. 


THE FACTS

 In S&P 500 companies, women account for  ONLY   24 CEO  positions—just 5% of the list.  Catalyst 2018

In S&P 500 companies, women account for ONLY 24 CEO positions—just 5% of the list.
Catalyst 2018

 Women represent  48%  of entry level professionals,  29%  of vice president's and  23%  of c-suite executives.  McKinsey 2018

Women represent 48% of entry level professionals, 29% of vice president's and 23% of c-suite executives.
McKinsey 2018

 Women earn almost 60% of undergraduate degrees, 60% of all master's degrees, 47% of all law degrees, 48% of all medical degrees, 38% of MBAs and 48% of specialized master's degrees.  National Center for Education Statistics 2016

Women earn almost 60% of undergraduate degrees, 60% of all master's degrees, 47% of all law degrees, 48% of all medical degrees, 38% of MBAs and 48% of specialized master's degrees.
National Center for Education Statistics 2016

 Women in the U.S. earn on average  $11,000 less  than men each year.  Economic Policy Institute 2017

Women in the U.S. earn on average $11,000 less than men each year.
Economic Policy Institute 2017

 Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on their executive teams were  15% more likely  to experience above-average profitability than companies in the fourth quartile.  McKinsey 2018

Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on their executive teams were 15% more likely to experience above-average profitability than companies in the fourth quartile.
McKinsey 2018

 For profitable companies, a move from 0% to 30% female leaders is associated with a  15%   INCREASED  net revenue margin.  Peterson Institute for International Economics 2016

For profitable companies, a move from 0% to 30% female leaders is associated with a 15% INCREASED net revenue margin.
Peterson Institute for International Economics 2016

 For companies that prioritize creating a culture of equality, the data show that women are  four times more likely  to reach senior manager and director levels.  Accenture 2018

For companies that prioritize creating a culture of equality, the data show that women are four times more likely to reach senior manager and director levels.
Accenture 2018

 Women are  54% less likely  than men to have a sponsor.   Harvard Business Review 2011

Women are 54% less likely than men to have a sponsor.
Harvard Business Review 2011

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RELEVANT RESEARCH

Gender inequality in the C-Suite and on Boards is entrenched in the corporate world. We used to believe the pipeline would resolve the problem, but experience and research shows us that is no longer the case. 


Women Remain Behind in the Workplace
In a 2018 comprehensive study of the state of women in the workplace, LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company found women continue to be vastly underrepresented at every level. 
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Despite Educational Advancements, Men Out Earn Women
The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University in 2018 study found that women, despite graduating at higher rates, are still making less than men.
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Women Excel When They Have a Sponsor
According to a study by Catalyst, "women start out behind and often remain behind men, even with mentoring," and it is sponsorship that gives women the opportunity to advance more often.
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Corporate Culture is Key to Success
According to a 2018 report from Accenture, creating a culture of inclusivity fosters a workplace where women thrive.
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Diverse Leadership Teams are Good for the Bottom Line
A McKinsey study from 2018 looks at the positive link between diversity and company performance, offering a strong business case for diversity in leadership levels.
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Strong Female Leadership Provides Financial Returns
A Credit Suisse report finds that companies with more women in decision-making roles continue to generate higher market returns and superior profits. 
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