While gender equality in the workplace has become a much-discussed topic, we still have a long way to go to achieve parity. For example, recent analysis of the Times Higher Education’s world rankings data shows that in 2016–17, 36 of the top 200 universities globally – just 18% – have a female leader. A slight increase on the previous year, when only 17% were led by women, it is nonetheless representative of the gender inequality that persists more widely in higher education across the globe.
EQO37 Published by Allison B. Clark · December 15 at 7:37pm · "You can come down on me for being a soured former CEO who played by and succeeded under these same male rules. You can say this sounds self-serving, or comes too late. But with age comes some measure of wisdom generated by having lived through the didacticism of history. I don’t want to be a part of this Silent Generation."
She said her hope for 2018 was that we continue to make progress across the world so that all females "can learn, prosper and grow, and live with dignity, equality and basic human rights". "But hope alone isn't acceptable or any answer, nor is carving a path that is left to grow over. There is no room for complacency. I feel a huge sense of responsibility for that, not only at home in New Zealand but as a female leader in the world today."
As one of few women in an executive role at The Honest Company, the actress turned entrepreneur admits "it's tough when you're the only woman in the room." She's working to empower more women so they, too, can get a seat at the table, she tells CNN's Poppy Harlow in a new podcast episode of Boss Files. Women make up 65% of The Honest Company's 400 employees. However, only three of nine executives there are female, including Alba. "I just felt so alone," says Alba, reflecting on being one of the only women in a leadership role during her early days at the company.
“In business and in government, research supports the notion that women create opportunities for women,” Sandberg and Grant write. “On corporate boards, despite having stronger qualifications than men, women are less likely to be mentored — unless there’s already a woman on the board. And when women join the board, there’s a better chance that other women will rise to top executive positions. We see a similar pattern in politics.”
For the first time since 1953, Americans no longer prefer a male boss over a female boss, according to recent Gallup poll findings. Over the last 64 years, Gallup has asked Americans, "If you were taking a new job and had your choice of a boss, would you prefer to work for a man or a woman?" In the most recent survey conducted at the beginning of November, 55 percent of Americans say their boss' gender make no difference to them. This percentage is up from the last survey in 2014.
“I am so proud of what it’s become. I feel like Project Include should not just be applauded from what we’re doing in our advocacy, and the strong, beautiful, intelligent, and brilliant women in there, but also what we built as far as a team. Project Include not only preaches, but we actually implement our own ideas; I think that allows us to really push forward.”
The consequences of male supremacy are baked into law and policy. Why is it so hard to prove rape or sexual harassment in a court of law? Men make and enforce the law. They’re more likely to sympathize with male offenders than female victims. You see it in the language around these cases: Women are cast not as victims but as temptresses. They’ve dressed too seductively, so men run wild with desire. The men can’t help themselves. It’s the patriarchy, stupid.
After examining their database of 2,800 executive evaluations globally, the Egon Zehnder team found that men tended to outscore women on five of seven competencies that companies more typically use to evaluate managers — criteria such as strategy, change management and understanding the market. Women outperformed men on collaboration and developing other individuals and teams. But women outscored men on three of the four “potential” traits — curiosity, determination and engagement — that help predict who will excel when it comes to certain skills.