One in five C-suite executives is a woman. One in 30 is a woman of color.
That’s just one of the disturbing statistics included in the 2017 Women in the Workplace study, a collaborative effort between Lean In and McKinsey & Company to study the state of women in corporate America.
The study also found that nearly 50% of men think women are well-represented in leadership at companies where only one in 10 senior leaders is a woman. And before we get our hackles up about how men view women, consider this: A third of women think their gender is well-represented at companies where women comprise that same, measly 10% of senior leaders.
Women are 18% less likely to be promoted than their male peers. They are less likely to receive advice from managers and senior leaders on how to advance, less likely to aspire to be a top executive and more likely to handle the bulk of the work at home. On average, 54% of women do all or most of the household work. That holds true even when women are the primary breadwinners.
The purpose behind the report is to eliminate the so-called “blind spots” when it comes to diversity. As the report states: “We can’t solve problems that we don’t see or understand clearly.”
That’s one of the reasons we launched Experience Energy earlier this year. We know the benefits of a more inclusive workforce, and yet progress is still slow and, in some areas, non-existent. We wanted to create a space where companies could find amazingly talented candidates who represent diversity of gender, ethnicity and generation. We also wanted the members of our community to find jobs in the industry they love, so they can help create a new future for energy.
But it all starts with awareness. So educate yourself, your colleagues, your spouse, and check out the entire report here.
Photo courtesy of Lean In.