According to Mary Fontaine, global head of Hay Group's leadership and talent practice, organizations should be exploring how women change the leadership equation, both in terms of the strengths they bring to an organization and the barriers they still face.
Submitted by kpeterson on Sun, 03/07/2010 - 12:30pm
When it comes to women’s advancement, few achievements can compare with the rising role of women in government. The move to achieving full gender parity may be slow and uneven, but women are increasingly being elected and appointed to positions of power.
Women hold chief executive and president positions in only 3% of the world's top 1000 companies and are just 13.5% of executive officers in the U.S.'s top 500. Yet in the public sector they have progressed at three times the rate.
Today, women make up half of the work force, and half of the enrollment at medical and law schools. But women must still deal with a well-entrenched double standard when it comes to gender-acceptable behavior.
Submitted by kpeterson on Sat, 03/06/2010 - 9:55pm
While women may be participating in the workforce in equal—or in some cases, higher—numbers thantheir male peers, they rarely make it to the top. Across the leadership spectrum in the sectors studied here, women are stalled at 18 percent – with numbers much lower among women of color.