#GAReads | The Business Case (and Plan) for Gender Equality
Today we’re experiencing a sea change in attitudes toward the treatment of women, but progress in workplace gender equality is moving far more slowly—so slowly that the Center for American Progress called women’s professional advancement “a stalled revolution” in a 2017 report.
The percentage of female CEOs at Fortune 500 companies has ticked up to 6.4% in 2017 from 4.8% in 2014—a gain but still an embarrassment over all. Women held only 18% of board seats at S&P 1500 companies as of 2016, yet we hold almost 52% of professional-level jobs, earn 60% of master’s degrees and represent 49% of the college-educated labor force, according to government data. And women are still, by and large, hitting a ceiling at middle management.
This inequity persists despite research showing that gender inclusivity drives bottom-line growth.