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
- The United States is ranked 35 out of 40 developed countries in terms of the number of women in senior leadership. Source: Institute on Women
- Considered an “international bill of rights for women,” the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations in 1979 and has been ratified by all but 7 of the 193 United Nations members. Those 7 are Iran, Palau, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tonga, and the United States. Source: Women in the world: Where the U.S. falters in quest for equality by CNN
- Just four countries with no guaranteed paid leave for new mothers. The United States is the only high-income, developed country that does not have guaranteed paid maternity leave. Source: Women in the world: Where the U.S. falters in quest for equality by CNN
- The U.S. Congress ranks in the bottom half of national parliaments around the world when it comes to female members: 19.4% of the 535 seats on Capitol Hill are women compared to 51% of the population. Source: Women in the world: Where the U.S. falters in quest for equality by CNN
- 52 countries have had a female head of state in the past 50 years yet the United States has not yet elected a woman as president. Source: Women in the world: Where the U.S. falters in quest for equality by CNN
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