The Numbers Are Stark. Despite Women’S Impressive Gains

1557 WordsApr 30, 20177 Pages
The numbers are stark. Despite women’s impressive gains in education and the workplace over the past 50 years, men greatly outnumber women in leadership, especially in top positions. From corporate boardrooms to the halls of Congress, from universities to the courts, from religious institutions to philanthropic organizations, men are simply much more likely than women to be leaders. This topic has captured the attention of the nation. Many thousands of books and articles offer theories about the nature of the problem and advice to individual women on how to stand up, step up, lean in, and make their voices heard. But the leadership gender gap is significant, persistent, and systemic. Individual choices alone simply will not solve the…show more content…
This is a serious problem because diversity matters, and nowhere is it more important than in leadership. Nevertheless, this report draws on this limited body of research not to limits the number of women who should take up leadership positions. Time will not solve the gender leadership gap; action will. Women’s representation in leadership will not increase substantially without major changes in the culture, policies, and practices of the organizations where women learn and work. Accountability also inspires action, so we need public policies to ensure that employers do the right thing. This is a solvable problem. We can do a great deal to move beyond stereotypical notions about leadership. Gender parity is a step forward for everyone, freeing us to pursue our aspirations, regardless of gender. Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership offers a blueprint for getting there. There are many reasons why women should be allowed to take up major roles in organizations. First, as Sheryl Sandberg states in her Ted talk, only twenty percent of top leaders in non-profit making organizations are women. The companies with the higher number of women as directors experienced higher performance than those that had fewer numbers of women. Companies that had a higher number of women recorded higher return on equity, higher return on sales and an increased return on investment.
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