According The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2013 published by The Women’s Media Center, women executives will not reach leadership parity with men in government/politics, business, entrepreneurship and nonproﬁts until 2085 . To put the year 2085 into context: I will be dead by then. Unless my now college-aged daughter lives to the ripe old age of 105, she will be dead by then as well.
The Women’s Media Center report by Diana Mitsu Klos does a masterful job of reviewing and summarizing the findings of “an avalanche of new surveys, studies and reports.” The evidence documents “stubborn gender inequality in the ways that women are employed and represented in news, entertainment and technology- related media.” It turns out that the 2085 projection comes from a study by the Women’s College of the University of Denver and the White House Project, a nonprofit, non-partisan women’s leadership group. Even when women outperform their male counterparts, they are still not recognized for senior leadership positions.
Another report 2012 study by the nonprofit Catalyst details women executive percentages that come nowhere near approaching the 51% percent of the population that are women.
- 14.3 % of executive officer positions at Fortune 500 companies and 8.1 percent of executive officer top earner positions.
- 16.6 % of board seats in 2012 were held by women — the seventh consecutive year of no growth.
- 0% of the executive officer roles are held by women at more than one-quarter of the Fortune 50o. In other words, they have no women leaders.
Now that I have your attention, please take a moment download the report. Then I suggest you sit down to read it. The report’s findings may knock the wind out of you. Then, let’s do something about it. First, answer one simple question about how to achieve parity for women executives before 2085. (Feel free to suggest other questions for subsequent polls.)
Please comment if you think women executives should achieve parity before Y208 and share your thoughts on how to get there. If you also happen to be an executive in the position to do something about it, let’s talk. We do a lot of work in diversity. There are ways to make a difference.