Equality is a promise that has been passed from one generation to another. Today we stand on the threshold of opportunity for women. Women are leading and are being prepared to lead. But almost nowhere do women lead in numbers approaching their potential or their proportion of the population.
Of the 17,108 state court judges in the U.S., 26 percent (4,521) are women.
Source: National Association of Women Judges
Since 1997, women-owned businesses have grown 17 percent, nearly twice the 9 percent of all firms.
Source: Catalyst 2009 "Women Entrepreneurs" Report
Of the Fortune 500, 3 percent of the CEOs are women while 9 percent of CFOs are women.
Women make up nearly 1 out of every 2 law firm associates, but only 1 out of every 6 equity partners.
Source: Catalyst "Women in Law" Report 2009
In 2010, the volunteer rate among women was 29.3 percent. Women volunteered at a higher rate than men did across all age groups, educational levels and other major demographic characteristics, as in previous years.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics "Volunteering in the United States, 2010
Women hold 3 percent of clout positions in the mainstream media.
Source: Women's Media Center
The number of U.S. women receiving PhDs in most STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines has not increased in 10 years (1997-2006).
Source: Association for Women in Science
From 2004 to 2007, the percentage of women artists on view in major art institutions: 5-8% at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); 15% at The Whitney Museum; 24% at The 2007 Venice Biennale; 27% at Art Basel Miami.
Source:New York Magazine, “Where are all the Women?” Nov. 26, 2007
Female faculty have not made progress in closing the salary gap with their male counterparts. In 1972, they made 83% of what male faculty made, and today they make 82% of what male faculty earn.
Source: The White House Project Report: Benchmarking Women's Leadership
Women continue to earn the majority of bachelor's degrees, and are projected to earn in the majority of master's degrees.
Source: Catalyst "Women in Academia" 2011 Report
In the 2007-2008 academic year, in all public schools, women comprised 75.9% of all teachers.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
"Characteristics of Public, Private, and Bureau of Indian Education Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in the United States: Results from the 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey"