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Women in the Workplace

Posted on September 28, 2016
Image of male and female icons, women in red showing the underrepresentation of women in the workplace

National Business Women’s Week is coming up in a few weeks – look for interesting posts on Twitter and Facebook, as well as a blog post during the 3rd week of October.

In the meantime, I came across McKinsey’s annual Women in the Workplace Report for 2016. The study was conducted by and McKinsey. It looked at more than 34,000 men and women at over 130 companies. Based on the responses, they found the following:

Women remain underrepresented at EVERY level, to be specific, women represent:

  • 46% in entry-level positions
  • 37% of managerial positions
  • 33% of director positions
  • 29% of vice-presidential positions
  • 24% in the senior-vice-presidential positions
  • 19% in the C-Suite positions

In addition, the study found:

  • Men are promoted 30% more than women during the early stages of their careers
  • Women negotiate for promotions and raises at the same rate as men do, but receive more pushback
  • Women have less access to senior management and mentors
  • Women are 3x more likely to feel their gender will make it harder to advance or get a raise
  • Women of color face even greater barriers
  • Only 45% of employees feel their companies are working to improve diversity
  • Less than 33% of employees feel senior management is held accountable for improving gender equality

This tells us there is much more work to be done!

Report Link:2016 Women in the Workplace

Anne Converse Willkomm
Director, Graduate Studies
Goodwin College
Drexel University
Posted in leadership-management-skills