GENDER REPRESENTATION IN THE CORPORATE PIPELINE
Over the past five years, the number of women in senior leadership has grown. Still, women continue to be underrepresented at every level.
Key findings from five years of data
- Women are less likely to be hired and promoted to manager: For every 100 men promoted and hired to manager, only 72 women are promoted and hired.
- Men hold 62% of manager-level positions, while women hold just 38%. The number of women decreases at every subsequent level.
- One third of companies set gender representation targets for first-level manager roles, compared to 41% for senior levels of management.
- We can add 1 million more women to management in corporate America over the next five years if women are hired and promoted to manager at the same rates as men.
- Together, opportunity and fairness are the strongest predictors of employee satisfaction. Across demographic groups, employees universally value opportunity and fairness.
- Only 6 of the 3231 companies have a full range of best practices in place to support inclusive and unbiased hiring and promotions.
- 1 in 4 women think their gender has played a role in missing out on a raise, promotion or chance to get ahead.
- Everyone benefits from opportunity and fairness. Diversity efforts are about ensuring employees of all genders, races, and backgrounds have access to the same opportunities.
- Black women and women with disabilities face more barriers to advancement and get less support than other groups of women.
- Women with disabilities face far more everyday discrimination like having their judgment questioned, being interrupted, or having their ideas co-opted.
- Lesbian women, bisexual women, and women with disabilities are far more likely than other women to hear demeaning remarks about themselves or others like them.
- Commitment to racial diversity is similar to commitment to gender diversity: 77% of companies, 59% of managers, and 56% of employees say it is a high priority.
- 33% of women and 11% of men say they have seen or heard biased behavior toward women.
- 73% of women report experiencing microaggressions—or everyday discrimination—which is rooted in bias.
- Only about a third of employees who’ve seen bias over the past year spoke up personally to challenge it—and less than a quarter say someone else did.
- Only 32% of women and 50% of men believe disrespectful behavior toward women is often quickly addressed by their company.
This year, we collected information from 329 organizations employing 13 million people and surveyed more than 68,500 employees to better understand their day-to-day work experiences.
Women in the Workplace is the largest study of the state of women in corporate America.
Read our previous reports to track progress on gender diversity and discover opportunities for improvement.Go to reports