At the current pace of change, it will take 80+ years to achieve gender parity in economic participation (UN Women) and over 100+ years in political leadership (IWPR 2015).

 

Business and Corporate Leadership Divide:

  • Only about 20% of board seats are held by women, and women of color are nearly invisible on S&P 500 boards

  • Women’s share of the total labor force is 46.8% (after peaking at 60% in 1999)

  • Women make up less than 5% of CEOs despite holding 51.5% of management, professional and related positions

  • Women currently hold only 20 CEO positions at S&P 500 companies 

Political Divide: 

  • Globally, women make up 49.7% of the population but hold only 22% of public offices

  • The U.S. currently ranks 100th in the world in the percentage of women in the national legislature

  • Women make up less than 19.4% of Congress (women of  color: 7.1%) and less than 21% of the Senate  

  • Only 6 out of 50 governors are women 

 

Representation:

  • While women are almost half of the US labor force, they make up less than 5% of CEOs and less than 10% of top earners in the S&P 500

  • Women occupy only slightly more than a quarter of the top media executive officer positions at news companies worldwide

  • Women start companies with 50% less capital than male counterparts

Pay Divide:

  • Women generally earn 79 cents for every dollar men earn. The pay gap is even worse for women of color

  • In fact, women on average will need to work more than 70 additional days each year just to catch up to the earnings of men

  • Women are less than 10% of top earners in the S&P 500

 

If there ever was a time that needed more women leaders in all levels of public life and bring the voices and movements together it is now