YWCA Madison

Why Women's Leadership Development?

Why Focus on Women’s Leadership?

The wage gap still exists.

  • Asian women working full time make 88 cents for every dollar paid to their white male counterparts.
    Source: Department of Labor
  • White women working full time make 81 cents for every dollar paid to their white male counterparts.
    Source: Department of Labor
  • African American women working full time make 68 cents for every dollar paid to their white male counterparts.
    Source: Department of Labor
  • Latina women working full time make 59 cents for every dollar paid to their white male counterparts.
    Source: Department of Labor

Women lag men in senior leadership roles.

  • Only 12.4% of executives at Wisconsin’s 50 largest public companies' are women. 19 companies (38%) have no women executives. The statistics are even worse for women of color, 10 of the 69 women directors (14%) are women of color. Source: MilwaukeeWomeninc. See the full 2014 report >>
  • In the United States, women hold only 20 percent of Senate seats and 18.2 percent of House seats. Only 10 percent of U.S. governors are women. When we look at race and ethnicity, we see that only 4 percent of America’s elected officials are women of color, even though they make up 19 percent of the U.S. population.  In Wisconsin, we are doing slightly better with 27 percent and 25 percent of women in the State Senate and Assembly, but Wisconsin has never had a female Governor. Sources: Center for American Women & Politics, Reflective Democracy Campaign
  • Women hold only about 25 percent of senior management positions. At the highest levels of business, the numbers are even lower: only 14 percent of Executive Officers in Fortune 500 companies are women. And, just 18 of those companies have female CEOs. Source: Catalyst

The United States trails other developed countries.

Navigating these obstacles takes courage, determination, and nerve. Find all this and more at The Moxie Conference: Nerve and Know-How for Emerging Leaders featuring the Women of Distinction Leadership Awards. Attendees will learn skills for building confidence, planning career development, and defining a personal leadership style from established female leaders. 

According to research by Catalyst, companies with more women on their boards and in leadership positions perform better financially than those with fewer women, demonstrating that an investment in female employees is a cost-effective strategy for company growth.

Want to strengthen your leadership skills and expand your network? Join us for the YWomen Lead Series.

Contact Anjali at 608.257.1436, option 2 with questions.

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