Women hold chief executive and president positions in only 3% of the world's top 1000 companies and are just 13.5% of executive officers in the U.S.'s top 500. Yet in the public sector they have progressed at three times the rate.
Submitted by kpeterson on Sat, 03/06/2010 - 10:55pm
While women may be participating in the workforce in equal—or in some cases, higher—numbers thantheir male peers, they rarely make it to the top. Across the leadership spectrum in the sectors studied here, women are stalled at 18 percent – with numbers much lower among women of color.
Whether it's business (16%), law (18%), journalism (22%) or the military (11%), women leaders have yet to achieve critical mass. The question is why and what will it take to have a breakthrough in those numbers?
Under a U.S.-backed quota requiring that at least one quarter of Iraq's lawmakers be female, women have carved a foothold in the Iraqi political system. The country is holding its second parliamentary elections under the system on Sunday.