Gender Diversity: Slow Progress

Gender Diversity: Slow Progress

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Many organizations and industries continue to struggle to build, grow, and sustain gender diversity. 



According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 2015 tables on job patterns for minorities and women, in 2014, women comprised 30% of senior leadership positions in the private sector.

A 2015 report by McKinsey & Company on why diversity matters cites that only 16% of the members of executive teams in the U.S. are women.

A September 2013 article in the Harvard Business Review on great leaders who make diversity work notes that of the 2013 Fortune 500 list of companies, only 4% were led by female CEOs (as of March 2017, 5% of the Fortune 500 companies were led by female CEOs).

A multi-year study by Deloitte and the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD) shows the number of women who hold seats on the boards of directors at Fortune 500 companies has increased, but at a relatively slow rate with women holding 16% of seats.

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Deloitte and Alliance for Board Diversity, Missing Pieces Report: The 2016 Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards, Feb. 2017.

Groysberg, Boris, & Katherine Connolly, Great Leaders Who Make the Mix Work, Harvard Business Review, Sept. 2013 (digital article)

Hunt, Vivian, Dennis Layton, & Sara Prince, Why Diversity Matters, McKinsey & Company, Jan. 2015 (digital article based on the McKinsey & Company Report, Diversity Matters, Feb. 2, 2015).

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Job Patterns for Minorities and Women in Private Industry (EEO-1), 2015 Tables.