Women in Leadership
What History Tells Us About the Path to the C-Suite
For some time, there have been questions about why women aren’t advancing more quickly to the C-Suite. In fact, over the past 25 years, the number of women in senior leadership globally has been static at around 24%. Many developed countries are ahead of the U.S. when it comes to women in senior management. This in spite of the fact that women are 47% of the US labor
force, 49% of entry level college educated workers, and they earn 44% of the MBAs.
While this is perplexing, we think that history mayoffer some guidance as to why women aren’t
advancing more quickly. It offers us a longer view of how change happens not gradually, but because of economic and social catalysts that were perhaps foreseeable but unanticipated. And that would be a reason to wonder, are there any social and economic forces that might be a catalyst for change in the near future?
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